At the risk of stating the obvious, it looks like the holiday season is in full swing. Parking lots are overflowing with traffic and normally organized store shelves look ransacked.
Watching all the hustle and bustle this week brought back a memory of a holiday season from long ago. I was sixteen and working as a waitress in a department store restaurant. (Yes boys and girls, before malls had food courts many department stores had restaurants where tired and hungry shoppers could refuel.)
It was my first real job and although I’d been working at the restaurant for months, I was totally unprepared for the insane lunch crowd on the Saturday before Christmas. A line of people waiting for tables snaked out the door. The hostess looked frazzled. Bus boys… Continue reading
A beautiful story, especially for parents who get asked the question, “Is Santa real?”~ Angela Gentile
The traffic in town crawled. Shoppers walked faster than the bumper-to-bumper cars could move.
“Just a few more blocks,” I muttered. There was so much to do and the heavy traffic was wasting precious time.
Finally, we found a parking spot right in front of Mapes, our destination.
Mapes was one-of-a-kind store that sold hardware, sewing notions, corny greeting cards and household goods. The kids loved the toy aisle, which was stocked with board games, puzzles and “must-have” items like silly putty, jump ropes and slinkys.
Christmas was just weeks away. Frankie, Sarah and Caitlin took the opportunity to verbally add… Continue reading
Every now and then, life gives you a delightful surprise – like a summer ripe peach in January, or snow flurries on Christmas. Last Saturday, just as the Strong & Wise Workshop began, my niece walked into the room with her 6 year old daughter, Kaelyn. Megan looked flustered and apologetic for her lateness. Due to unforeseen circumstances, her babysitter fell through.
To be completely honest, I had a fleeting moment of concern. I was worried that Kaelyn might become bored, or the daylong workshop would be too long for such a young attention span. But I trusted that all was well and started the workshop.
As it turned out, having Kaelyn in the workshop was like driving down a scenic road… Continue reading
This past weekend in a tiny chapel in Northern New Jersey a miracle took place.
There were plenty of witnesses – about a hundred.
And what did they see?
It was one of those rare moments in life when you get to cheer for love. And love was everywhere you looked.
It was in the eyes of the bride and groom when they said their vows. It was in the way the brother of the bride proudly walked her down the aisle. It was in the voice of the woman sitting behind me when she said she was honored to see the groom blossom into such an incredible man.
And so where was the miracle?
Anytime you see love it’s a miracle.… Continue reading