If you spend a few minutes watching the photo stream of Tom’s family, you may come across a photo or two of his grandchildren and one of his great grandchildren riding on his back, while he is on all fours. As children grow, their interest in these childhood games fades, but a parent never grows too old to carry his family on his back, literally and figuratively. Seemingly, no load is too heavy. As a family, we’ve been fortunate to have a Dad (and Mom) who’ve embodied this thru 3 generations, as parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.
Whether physically or emotionally, the unconditional love of a parent may be God’s most misunderstood and underappreciated gift to humankind. Ironically, it is also probably the second greatest gift He has given us and one that comes continuously. Even when their physical presence is gone, I know it is a gift that will continue in our hearts, through our memories, our children’s memories and so on.
9 days from now will be Christmas Day and we will be with family celebrating God’s greatest gift to us. But personally, I will also be celebrating the presence of His second greatest gift – the love of my Mom and Dad!
Dad continues to be stable. Physical activity tires him quickly, but he’s in great spirits and continues to enjoy all of the visits, notes and phone calls. We truly appreciate all of the prayers and support! From our family to yours – Merry Christmas!