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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

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