November 29th, 2013 | By Cody Spielvogel
It’s that time of year again, a time for love, peace and prosperity. I’m not sure what it is that brings out the awesomeness in each person around Christmas time, but it’s always a magical way to end a year. As crazy as things can get, take the time to appreciate what you have. No! Not objects, not things, but the people who you care for, the people you love, those in your life who you couldn’t do without.
I was in the same boat as most folks, stressed out about Christmas shopping, asking for different variants of things, not looking forward to seeing the inlaws and what have you. All of the joyful frustrations that only come around once a year. Than out of no where, my Grandfather became very ill, we began to suspect that his memory was fading due to Alzheimer disease, it was a heart-wrenching experience that I would never wish upon another person. I grew up in a broken him, my dad split shortly after I was born so my Grandfather and I were always very close, he was always like the Father I never had and as I grew up he quickly became the man I one day aspired to be. Volunteer firefighter for decades, provider of 3 children and a loving wife during the depression, the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. A true, genuine gentleman.
For a while, I thought about what life would be like if my family were to lose him and it was a shocking reminder that nothing, not even money can fill the emptiness you feel when someone very close to you passes away and just what extremes you would be willing to go through to prevent it from happening.
Thankfully, his health started improving, and from what I can tell he’s next to perfect, but we shouldn’t need a traumatic experience to remind us of just how important Family is. So this year, instead of thinking of that special gift for somebody, think about the Somebody that you’re buying it for. You only get one family guys and gals and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good so maybe take the time out of your day to make a Phone Call, or a visit just to let them know you love’em.
Happy Holidays all!