Sunday, February 03, 2008

The last Christmas present

What do you get someone when you know it will be the last gift you ever give him? That was the question I had to deal with last Christmas. My honey’s Pop wasn’t doing well and we all knew that this would be the last Christmas together. So what should I get him? A memento probably wouldn’t be good, and, as my honey pointed out, this just wasn’t the time to get him a savings bond. So after much consternation, I settled on a box of sugar free chocolates, which he loved. At the last minute, I found a lovely group pic of my honey’s pop, his 2 sisters, his stepmom, his brother-in-law and, of course, my honey and me. I printed out the picture and put it in a frame for the present.

That picture sat by his chair and later his hospital bed. Last week, the picture was in his casket as we said our last goodbyes. I think the present was OK in the end, but not nearly as good as the one he gave me.

Rest in peace, Pop. And thank you for the greatest gift I’ve ever gotten: your wonderful son.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

A picture like that is always the perfect gift. In the end nothing counts but family.
Please express my sympathy to Kim and take a little for yourself.
Kayak

Michelle K said...

I'm very sorry for your loss.

We have several older relatives who are at the ends of their lives, and--aside from visits, which we simply can't manage--it seems like anything to brighten or personalize the sterile hospital/nursing home room makes a tremendous difference.

So I think you chose the perfect present.

MountainLaurel said...

Thanks, Kayak and Michelle. The sympathies are greatly appreciated and shared. I was almost as broken up about it as my honey. His Pop was one in a million, at least.

MountainLaurel said...

And Kayak, I almost called you several times to see if you'd want a drink with us. But I think that you can understand the circumstances now of why we didn't.

We'll be making more trips that direction and I'll be sure to hook up then.

Anonymous said...

Call anytime!
The number is---
BR-549

HEE HAW
Kayak

MsJamie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

jedijawa said...

I'm sorry for your loss too. But that's a great story of something very special you were able to do.