With each new holiday comes new insights that last a lifetime

Why Believe in Santa

With two corkscrew ponytails bouncing wildly at the sides of my six-year-old freckled face, I stormed into the house in a hissy fit. Even as a first grader, I hated lies, and this one was a doozy.

“Mom!” I screamed, indignantly. “Do you know what that stupid Larry told me?”

Wiping the wisps of baby-fine hair that had become dislodged as a result of my furry, she looked at my innocent baby face, and said calmly, “no, tell me.”

Being the granddaughter of silent movie actors […]

The Unexpected Gift

The frenzy over the upcoming Christmas season had escalated to such a fever pitch in the Madden family home; neighbors wondered if our highly charged energy was from some other white powdery substance my mom sprinkled over the top of our oatmeal!

Surveying the shopping list of toys from the Sears catalog my 10-year-old heart desired, intense hyperactivity overtook my normal calm as I waited for the big day. I didn’t know then that one truly unexpected gift would arrive early and change my life […]

The Reciprocal Gift

As if chased by a mean googly-eyed monster, I ran from my little brother to the safety of my bedroom. Behind the closed door, I clutched the king-sized Aba Zabba in my plump, tight-fisted six-year-old hands, and hung onto the gooey taffy for dear life.

“I want it back, you Indian giver!” Timmy screamed.

My body was thrown against the door to restrain his entry, I quickly ripped apart the wrapper and shoved the 10-inch peanut butter paste into my mouth. Sure I had given it […]