The Slide Surprise
December 26, 2019
In Cedarfield tradition, the Pastoral Care Team created this compilation of holiday memoirs by team members and residents. We will share one a day through the holidays. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Eldon Rucker, Resident
When I was about 7 years old, my parents asked what I wanted for Christmas. I thought a bit and finally stated… “I want Santa to bring me a big sliding board.” They replied how impossible that would be as he could never get it in the house. I said, “Santa is special, he can do anything.” SURPRISE!
The next morning on Christmas Day I went into the den and there it was. I knew it would be there. I climbed the steps over and over and it was the BEST Christmas ever. It was one of those special times of belief in someone special. As I grew older, I learned the real meaning of Christmas and belief in Jesus.
“I know what I really want for Christmas. I want my
childhood back. Nobody is going to give me that.
I might give at least the memory of it to myself if I
try. I know it doesn’t make sense, but since when is
Christmas about sense, anyway? It is about a child,
of long ago and far away, and it is about the child
of now. In you and me. Waiting behind the door of
our hearts for something wonderful to happen.
A child who is impractical, unrealistic, simpleminded
and terribly vulnerable to joy.”
–Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten