With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: A Child Again

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Child Again

it starts with the sound of the sirens in the distance...
and builds as the shrill intensifies and the fire truck rounds the corner with lights flashing...
a little girl of long ago, excitedly emerges and waves as Santa drives by the house...
I am transported back many years with the same excitement filling my heart... every year!
John asked, 'Doesn't it look a little silly you being out here waving to Santa without any children around?' Ah, but there is a child here!
For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

I assume I get this charge because my parents made a big deal of Santa when we were children.  My Mom and Dad did not come to know the Good News and embrace Jesus as their Savior until they were in their later years.  Though Santa was never the focus of our Christmas celebration of Christ's birth, and our grandchildren  have always understood the fantasy of Santa, I think their Mom-Mom will always run out to wave as the fire truck passes by. 
A photo snapped Friday evening, just before John & I left to attend his company Christmas Party.
We had a wonderful time.

37 comments:

Maple Lane said...

First, I would like to say what a lovely couple you and John make. The photo from Friday's party is beautiful. Love your dress and his tie coordinates so well.

My little town did not have Santa on a fire truck BUT we did have an Old Soldier's Day Parade each August. Still to this day, I get chill bumps when I hear the fire engine's siren as the parade gets underway!!!

Such sweet Santa pics of you and John.

Thanking God for your friendship and wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas.

Snap said...

I BELIEVE in the magic of the season ... Santa included! I would have been out in the yard waving, too!

Pondside said...

The volunteer firemen were out on our road last night, and The Great Dane and our daughter ran down the drive to wave at them. I missed our two little grandsons to trust myself not to cry, so I stayed in and watched from the window. Our firemen stop at the end of each drive and collect food for the food bank, and any little ones are welcome to climb onto the truck and ride along.
I love that the little girl that still lives in you was out there waving!
I've linked my post today to you - I hope it's alright - I probably should have asked!

Janice said...

It is always such a pleasure to share your joyous spirit in a cynical age. I'm hoping to capture a little Christmas Spirit through my grandson this year.

T's Daily Treasures said...

How fun! How can you not wave at Santa as he is going by???!!! When we would go to my Mammaw's in Mississippi for the holidays, on Christmas Eve, the local radio station would have a helicopter fly around with the sound of jingle bells and we were told it was Santa going by in his sleigh. Of course we believed it when we were so little. Great picture of the two of you. Have a great week. Tammy

marie said...

I didn't know Jesus as my Savior until well into my adult life...Christmas was all about Santa when I was a child and also for a good part of my childrens' lives. Santas on fire trucks, in malls and even once at our front door! That was quite exciting! I love the magic of Christmas that is Santa.

I also love that each of my children, and the spouses of those that are married, know the Good News! What a treasure that is! And what a treasure that Dickens quote is! Thank you for sharing it.

Love the photo of you and John...and isn't it a sweet blessing to have a company Christmas party to go to!

Janet Beckwith Macy said...

This was fun! And I would have done the same thing.

I was brought up to NOT believe in Santa at all. But even as a child when I was at a party where Santa appeared (often with my parents)it was always magical to me - and still is.

One of my co-workers has a statue on her desk of Santa holding baby Jesus. Santa looks absolutely awe-struck. It's beautiful.

zoom yummy said...

Wonderful and touching! I completely share that feeling with you - I will forever keep a little child in me. :) Petra

Donna said...

I'd come running and wave too! Our bodies may have grown up, but we are still children inside!

Karen said...

I love the excitement and colors of Christmas as well as the spiritual meaning. Santa has brought many smiles through the years! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

How sweet--enjoyed your post!

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

What a beautiful post. And you and your husband make such a handsome couple. Love the picture too. Thanks for sharing your precious feelings. I feel them too.

podso said...

Totally understandable post and great photo of you and your beloved! I also saw a pic under your "you also may like) that 57 chevy and the house your dad built and realized that was the post that started me on your blog as our stories are so similar (we had that same car and my dad built us a similar house!!! cape cod,etc).

Eddie E. Cummings said...

I just recently discoverd your blog, so glad I did

Janet Beckwith Macy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog on "let there be light"

I want you to know that you had something to do with my desire to move forward and have a tree. I looked at all the photos on your pages and the desire started to grow.

At the same time I was doing a lot of thinking about Jesus coming as the Light to the world.

Thanks for your encouraging words and all the other bloggers who express their feelings.

It's amazing how we can help each other - how we can give each other hope.

GrandmaK said...

Oh what a wonderful post!!! Brought back such grand memories!!!! Yes, indeed, this time of year does make me feel like a kid again!!! Wising you a wonderful week!! cathy

eileeninmd said...

A wonderful post and the photo of you and your hubby is just lovely. The Santa collage is cute, our volunteer fire dept has Santa visiting on the fire truck too. The kids enjoy this every year. Have a great week and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Peggy said...

I think everyone has that little child inside that makes them smile every time they see Santa. Really great picture of you and your husband. Thanks for coming by my blog a visiting and thanks for sharing your Santa story. :-)

Patrice said...

Love all the great old photos with Santa!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Precious memories...what great pictures...the end one is just beautiful
Merry Christmas

Theresa said...

I am still a kid at heart too:) We had our Christmas Program at Church tonight and OF COURSE a visit from Santa:) I took SO many pictures of all of the children and remembering the excitement as a child doing the same things! Thanks for sharing this memory with me and thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment! HUGS!

Debbie said...

I love the walk down Memory Lane. How cute you were! When I first started reading your post, I was concerned that you were going to share something tragic. But alas, it was simply Santa Claus! I was relieved. I love the photo of you and your husband. What a good looking couple you are!

Merry Christmas!

blessings and love,
Debbie

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

You two are beautiful and I love your excited inner-child. Santa only adds to the sweet side of Christmas when Christ's birth is celebrated in our hearts.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Wonderful post, such wonderful memories! Beautiful photo of you and your husband.
A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Lorraine!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My older brother was a FDNY fireman for over 30 years so Santa arriving on a fire trcuk was a familiar sight for my children, and we always honored Jesus' birth at midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Such happy memories!

You and John make such a wonderful couple!

Bobbi said...

I love this post!! I get excited to see Santa on the fire-truck to this day! That little kid inside of us seems to live on...
Beautiful picture of you and John. Glad you enjoyed the party... It's so good to meet you!

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray said...

What fun memories! Merry Christmas!

katrina - dot dot dash said...

thanks for the sweet comment! love it when Santa drives by, there's still a kid in me too! x

Debbie said...

What wonderful memories! The picture of you and your hubby is sooo good! Beautiful. Have a wonderful Christmas!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

You are a beautiful and loving couple, I can see the love in both your eyes. Your little girl pictures at C'mas time are adorable, such a pretty and sweet girl just like the adult one! Childhood memories are the best and yes, there's a child in all of us that comes out every year at C'mas. Blessings for you and your family and have a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for your kind visit. FABBY

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What beautiful memories and pictures! You and your hubby look so nice! Glad you had a nice party!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Wonderful memory and wonderful photos! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lorraine!

Ann said...

When I was growing up, it was stressed that the reason for the season was to celebrate the birth of Jesus but Santa was always welcome in our celebration. I would have run out there with you to wave at him if I had been there :)

My Little Home and Garden said...

What a sweet collage showing you at various ages! Thank you for your visit to my blog and for your kind comments about my home. Merry Christmas!
-Karen

Mary Lou said...

You look beautiful and I bet you make Santa's day!
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Joy said...

You and John are such an attractive couple--you are such a pretty lady. Happy New Year!

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