I'd been wondering if I should post this or not, then decided to do so, anyway. You know, dear reader, this is the season of giving. I play Santa Claus, both in the flesh and on special "Santa Claus Nets" (or networks) over Ham radio. It can be greatly rewarding, and heart wrenching, as well....
A number of years ago, an old Ham radio friend of ours who was in his upper 80's and his wife a few years younger were both ailing. Bob was having a lot of maladies, but he cared for his wife first, then himself last. After all the kids checked in, he checked in and asked "Santa" (me) if he could have a Christmas wish, as well. I said, "Sure, we're all kids for Santa!"
Bob said, "Santa, I want one more year to live with my wife."
I choked. I bit back a sob as I cracked the mic and said, "Bob, God will give you the desires of your heart." and then I let out a "Ho ho ho!" to cover up my emotions. When the net ended a few minutes later, I broke down and sobbed....
Bob did have that year with his wife- barely. After Bob passed away, I met his wife at a little tailgater (a Ham radio fleamarket) in Milton, FL. She was very pale and weak, but she was with us, her and Bob's friends. Shortly after, however, she passed away, too.
Love prevailed that Christmas and throughout the year after. God gave Bob his wish...I was only the conduit.
Be that conduit for someone...not only this season, but every day of the year!
Bud S. (firstname.lastname@example.org)