My Mom’s Christmas Present

I haven’t spent Christmas with my family in St. Louis for two years.  On July 1, 2009 I was playing volleyball at my office cookout.  I jumped in the air to return the winning shot and when I came down on my right leg I felt something pop.  I tore my ACL and meniscus.  In simpler terms, I blew my knee out.  As a result I had two surgeries, the first to reconstruct my ACL in August 2009, followed by the second surgery in December 2009.   It took a while to get my range of motion back, and arthritis developed under my knee cap.  So, I haven’t been home to St. Louis since my knee accident.

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Well, I’ve been checking on travel arrangements all week.  Before I made my final flight selection I called my Mom to make sure my arrival and departure times wouldn’t conflict with her schedule.  Keep in mind I hadn’t told my Mom I was coming home.  I wish you could have heard the excitement in her voice when I said, “Mom, I’m making my travel arrangements to come home.”    She referred to me as her “Christmas Present.”  So, I’m looking forward to a joyful Christmas in St. Louis with my family.

Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas!

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