When HopeMatch volunteers delivered the boxes full of wrapped gifts it was hard not to feel a bit uneasy. My family has never received assistance of any kind before, and it was hard to put our egos aside and just accept the fact that everyone deserves a break once in awhile. It was especially hard on my husband, since for him it meant that somehow he wasn’t doing his “job” as provider for his family. However, the volunteers were so kind and made us both feel at ease. Bringing the boxes into the house later that evening, and putting the presents under the tree, was amazing. It was like being a kid all over again with the excitement of Christmas. Even as an adult you couldn’t help but sit and wonder what could possibly be inside all the beautifully wrapped gifts.
Christmas morning finally came and the children were up early as usual. They simply couldn’t wait to unwrap the gifts any longer. My husband and I sat down with slight trepidation since we also had no idea what they might find under the tree.
Gavin found not one, but two Slinky toys–a real treat to get a spare “just in case.” He was delighted and even stopped to play with them for a while….
With Liam we were a bit more skeptical. This year he as been a bit harder to please. We quickly found out there was no need to worry. He also found an airhog helicopter under the tree. He slowed his progress since he had to open it and try it out immediately! We found him slowing down and taking time to appreciate each item he opened, taking time to really check it out, take it out of its packaging and wanting to play a bit in between opening gifts.
Zachary was the one child we worried about the least. Being the oldest meant he knew more about the current situation than the younger children in the house. He was aware of the phone call from HopeMatch and realized how much it meant to everyone to get help this Christmas. He loved all of his gifts and for him it really meant something. It touched him to know that someone, a perfect stranger, had made Christmas happen for him.
Caitlin is always the easiest in the bunch. She gets excited to open anything. She loved the tea cup game…
As far as Alan, I think this year hit him the most. Getting a watch, which he now wears daily, was huge. His broke months ago and it’s made him nuts not knowing the time. Also, he really needed new tennnis shoes, although he’d never admit it to anyone. It was hard not to notice the sole peeling off and the hole that was now in its place. Findng the new shoes under the tree brought him to a standstill. It was obvious he was touched. For me, clothes! I honestly can’t recall the last time I bought myself anything new. With three growing boys, my getting new clothes is always at the bottom of the “to-do” list…The gift cards were also a wonderful surprise, and made both my husband and myself a bit teary eyed.