Here is the mini stocking number five. You can see my Christmas lights reflecting on the countertop. Today there was a votive candle and some candy.
I wanted to tell you tonight about my friend Laurie and her husband Curtis. I went to school with Laurie from K-12th grade and she lived right across the street from me. Well she has grown up and became Mrs. Santa Claus! Actually Laurie is an EMT/paramedic in an emergency room in rural Nebraska and Curtis is a retired trucker. But the day after Thanksgiving she and Curtis transform into Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. I think they look like the real thing! They spend the entire season putting their own lives on hold and performing this service for theirs and the surrounding communities. They visit sick children in the hospitals all over the area and pretty much go wherever Santa and Mrs. Claus are needed to bring hope and cheer.
I’m not sure how this year of Covid is affecting how they are carrying out their duties, but I know they are making it work somehow. They live for this time of year. It’s people like this who gave so much of themselves all year long and especially at the holidays that give me hope. Not the things we see on the evening news. And I would like to think that there are more good people out there that we just don’t hear about.
I hope you all enjoyed hearing about Laurie and Curtis. I honestly do believe there are a lot of people out there like them and many are working behind the scenes to help make this world a better and brighter place for all of us. We need to keep feeling hopeful and pray for a better tomorrow.
Blessings and love,