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A special Christmas gift


A special Christmas gift
Henry and Julia Castro comfortably draped with an afghan on their new loveseat.


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Christmastime is a time for giving. Anytime can be a time for giving, but it is more so around Christmas. And they say that charity begins at home. And that is what our daughter Letty did. The family was stationed at Fort Hood and they came down just about every weekend. Having been on two tours in Germany, they were anxious to be home and around the family. They would load up the five kids in their 1985 Volkswagen van. They always arrived at our house around 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings. I always had pancakes and bacon ready and they would sit around our 7-foot table. One Saturday close to Christmas they were late getting here. There was a reason for it.

Our living room furniture was looking pretty worn, but I was not prepared for what I saw when Letty asked us to go outside when they finally got here. It was a three-piece living room set -- a sofa, a loveseat, and an easy chair. It wasn’t elegant, but it was new and it was comfortable. At first Letty and I couldn’t remember what they brought the furniture in, but after careful thinking, we agreed that our beloved Larry had driven his pickup to Fort Hood to pick it up and bring it to us. He was that way, always willing to help.

Needless to say, breakfast was put on hold while the old furniture was taken out and the new brought in. Later that day someone stopped by to ask if the furniture sitting on the front yard was for sale. We told them that they could have it. We were “paying it forward.” They say that one man’s trash is another one’s treasure.

Sara had sent us an afghan from Okinawa that she had crocheted in Christmas colors -- red, white, and green. They took a snapshot of Henry and me sitting on our new loveseat, covering ourselves with the afghan. I’m so glad they did. I love looking at old photos.

Our kids have always been very generous with us when they can, but that Christmas gift has stayed at the top of the list.

Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Her email is castrojulia022@gmail.com.
 

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