Glen Hope, PA USA
(This was sent to me by a friend and the words touched me so deeply I just had to share it. I know there are alot here that are alone or who have lost love ones for whom the holidays may not be a welcome addition to their lives this year. I can't pretend to know each of your seperate pains, your losses and your fears...but I can offer up friendship and support. My e-mail is always open to anyone here. I just want you to know that you are cared about.)
Because I really care about you,
I'm not going to pretend
and wish you a merry Christmas
as if nothing's happened.
Instead, I'm going to reach out to you
and tell you that I realize
this must be a very difficult time for you.
It probably doesn't seem fair
that everyone else is smiling
and laughing and enjoying
the holidays as usual, while your heart is aching.
There may be times a favorite carol
that used to bring a smile to your face
that now brings tears to your eyes.
You may feel confused, cheated,
and even angry...
and I wouldn't blame you.
But rather than force the holiday spirit,
please be honest with your emotions.
Cry, be angry, do whatever
it takes to get through this.
Remember, too, that in time you'll
be ready to celebrate Christmas again.
And until then,
know that there are many people
whose hearts are with you,
people who care about you very much
and always, always will.
"I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me , this has always been enough." ~Nicholas Sparks from The Notebook