Sunday, December 18, 2011
Just as the final students were leaving, the secretary paged my classroom and said that I was needed in the office immediately. That made me a little nervous and I tried to get there as quickly as possible.
When I made it to the office, I was told that the HUGE box sitting on the counter was mine and that it had been wrongly delivered to the high school. I looked at the label on the box. Sure enough, it had my name and the high school address. The shipper was simply, "For You, Inc.". It was a pretty large box and I was very curious, so I cut the tape and opened it up.
As I folded back the the box flaps, what I saw registered several different emotions. I went from shock, to surprise, to gratitude in the blink of an eye. The box was full of canned goods, boxed foods, and other various sundries. As I scanned the box, I noticed a lid that signaled a home canned good was hiding beneath. Being a fan of canned food, I was anxious to see what tasty morsel was there for me. Imagine my surprise when I lifted the jar and found it full of change. As I turned the jar in my hands, staring unbelieving at the money, I noticed that the bottom was covered with several different denominations of money. The secretary was peeking here and there. I looked at her and she looked at me. "Crazy" or something silly like that was about all that came out of my mouth, but, had my heart been doing the talking, it would have said something like, "This is overwhelming. We have already been given so much, how can we continue to take? We feel so humbled by those who have and continue to do so much for our little family. I am sure that there are others who need this more than we do. I am so thankful for those who are willing to give of themselves to help others. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
Thankfully I tend to not be an emotional person, so I didn't shed tears. But it was a very special moment.
We don't know who you are, you giver of love and concern, friendship and selflessness, but we will be ever grateful for your act which exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you, thank you, thank you.