Last week, a few minutes after I had settled in at my desk, coffee at the ready, I received “the” call from my husband.
The Christmas tree had fallen.
Immediately, my thoughts went to all of my favorite ornaments which may have been lost in the crash – our Christmas tree is never going to be “trendy” or “fashionable” because each ornament has a story, or was given to us by someone special.
I wanted to weep. I wanted to run back to the house to help clean up the mess and inventory the losses. Instead I asked Steve to gather up the remanents and put them into a bowl for me to look at when I got home.
Sorting through the wreckage, I was reminded of trips to Disney World; our first “real” ornaments which hung next to Legos and Star Wars figures, and how little our son’s hand was several years ago. I also noted the other missing ornaments – the one that looked like our cat being top of the missing list – I think my husband was surprised I had such good recollection for what was on our tree. Especially given how many things I regularly forget!
Posting this photo to Instagram with the caption “a bowl full of broken memories,” I was reminded by a friend that while the physical representations were not quite intact, my memories remained whole.
Which, of course, is true. And while this was our first major tree disaster, I have no doubt it will not be our last. So, instead of throwing away the broken representations of holidays past, we’re keeping them – in a jar next to my collection of Santas – to remind us each year that memories can’t be broken and that we are “truly rich.”
Share your truly rich moment
It’s easy to get overwhelmed around the holidays – or to trying to make everything look perfect – which is one of the reasons our friends at Chevrolet Malibu are asking our community to share their “truly rich” moments, and be entered to win one of four $100 gift cards to help take a little of the pressure off of the holidays.
There are three ways you can enter:
- Leave a comment on this post with your “truly rich” moment
- Visit our Facebook Page and share your “truly rich” moment or photo
- Post a photo to Instagram using @manicmommies #trulyrich (we need both to find your entries)
Share your moment by the end of the day on Sunday, December 15th. We will announce the winners on Tuesday, December 17th, after which winners will be notified and have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address, or another winner will be selected. No purchase necessary.
Listen on Stitcher
In a MinuteSubscribe to receive automatic updates from Manic Mommies!
Blogads – Top
Blogads – Middle
Blogads – Bottom