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From The Editor

December 14, 2011
We have hit that time of year when we tend to do a little more reflecting than on other occasions. Along with all of the holiday wonder and excitement, the season can also be accompanied by stinging reminders of ones we have lost and dearly miss. There is so much talk about gift giving and receiving that it is usually those individuals who have suffered through a loss that have the truest understanding of what the best kind of gift really is.

My grandfather’s birthday was December 25th. The tenth anniversary of his death was this year. Those two things will not be lost on any of us. I am certain, as we gather together as a family to celebrate in the home that he shared with my grandmother, that we will mention his name at least a few times with a fondness and appreciation for the gift that he was to each of us. We will laugh that he would have gathered us together to “make” a picture instead of taking a picture and I will picture one of the last and best memories I have of him, kissing my grandmother under the mistletoe the Christmas before he died.

There was a time when this loss made me very sad, even heartbroken, however, as time has past it is with this season that my Opa quickly comes to mind and I can’t help but smile. I certainly miss him but I treasure this opportunity to reminisce and reflect on one of the best presents I was ever given, growing up with him as a grandpa. There is no doubt that my grandmother probably faces this upcoming time with more reservation than me as he was her life partner but deep inside I am sure she will smile too when she glances around her living room and takes in all the gifts that are now a part of her life as a result of her relationship with him. She will smile because she knows that he would be smiling too.

I believe that many of us have a story similar that we will be reminded of even if we do not want to be in the upcoming weeks. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the most precious gifts in our lives whether they have passed on or remain here on Earth with us. I hope that this Christmas brings you many moments of peace and joy!

Merry Christmas!

Kirsten L. Johnson Editor

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