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.
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!