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Topic: Christmas Cards (11/06/08)
TITLE: A CARD FOR MOMMY
By Frank Salerni
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“With all my luv…”
“Auggg! I can’t think of anything special to say at all.”
Her frustration was apparent as she crumpled up another handmade Christmas card. She wanted it to be the most special card of the year, but she kept coming up with the same old clichés, time and time again.
“I must have writers block, and I never new that it hurts your head!”
Her father laughed at his mature 8-year-old daughter. “I think you might being trying too hard sweetie. Why don’t you walk away from it for a little while; you’ll be able to come up with something later, mark my words, Carolyn.”
“I’ve been trying for hours, but I just can’t say what’s in my heart for Mommy.” She tossed the Magic Markers down on the kitchen table before letting out a well-earned sigh.
“Maybe you’re right, Daddy.”
Carolyn climbed up on her fathers lap, and buried her head into his shoulder letting her long hair cover her face. She obviously was not so mature as to let her needed comfort be shunned by her pride. Her father just smiled as he patted her head with one hand.
“Did you have trouble writing love letters to mom when you were young, Daddy?” Her question invoked visions of days gone by for her father as he pondered the thought.
“No, not really, sweetie. I always had something to say, but it wasn’t always perfect in composition.”
“What does that mean, Daddy?”
“Just that if you worry about how you say something you might just find yourself NOT saying what you mean at all. You’ll may find that quite often it is not what you make up in your head to say that is near as important as what you’re head says from your heart. She’ll understand what you mean, Carolyn.”
Carolyn thought about it for a while and then spoke in a calm, quiet voice. “But, she’s not just my mom, she’s my teacher too.” She was referring to the fact that she was home schooled.
“So, that’s your trouble? You’re writing is getting in the way of how you think you might be corrected. If you fear that sort of thing you may never say what’s really on your mind.”
Carolyn looked up and sported a huge smile before bolting back to her place at the kitchen table.
Without thinking much at all she drew a scene of blue skies, fluffy clouds, sunshine, birds flying, and a bright colored rainbow in the background. Inside the card was a yellow happy face with these words beneath.
MOMMY, YOU ARE ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE!
LOVE, YOU’RE BESTEST DAUGHTER, CAROLYN.
P.S. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
“What do you think, Daddy?”
“I think she’ll love it… because it came from your heart!”
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