As a truly magical Christmas at our California home passes, filled with time together with both sets of grandparents, Christmas Eve tradition with the Harney’s, and visits from dear friends (Allison and Roxanne), we embark the New Year revitalized, refreshed, and reminded.
For as long as I remember, my family has watched “It’s A Wonderful Life” on Christmas Day, and in that time, I have time and time again fallen in love with George, admired Mary, kept my ears open for Clarence’s bell, and looked for Zuzu’s petals. We are so quaintly reminded how “no man is a failure who has friends” and rejuvenated by the timeless words of Robert Burns in “Aul Lange Syne”. This year those sentiments have grown in our own life exceptionally pertinent.
Each night we were in the hospital, I would say evening prayers with Walter, praying for strength, for peace, and for the other children in the CTICU and CV Acute Units. We finished our little routine by giving thanks for how many were thinking of Walter and our family. We would smile at our sweet boy and remind him that he is dearly loved, by us, our friends, by strangers, and most dearly, by God. We have been moved by the kindness of our friends and family – both old and new – and the absolute out pouring of uplifting prayers, words, and notes we have received. From prayer groups, friends of friends, and whole churches, temples, and synagogues a quiet, gentle army has formed behind our little warrior. Almost everywhere we go, we run into unexpected friends who have followed Walter’s journey and shared his story.
So my little Walter, should you ever find yourself feeling lost and forgotten as our friend George Bailey, remember that you have friends near and far, touched many lives in countless ways, and have in your little life left a print on this Earth that cannot be forgotten. Remember, little one, that you have already had a very special visit from your very own Clarence.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?”