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JudyJune 5, 2013

A time of sadness and joy, reaquaintancing, reassessing, gentle memories that make you smile as tears fall. Thank you for reminding me of my Dad. Thank you for sharing. Zion is amongst us. Thank you for pillars. I give mandarins and excess vegetables. I also remember my mother receiving them when times were tough. Thank you.

AbeilleJune 5, 2013

This reminds me of a story my Dad used to tell me of his youth. When my father was 11 years old, his father was killed at work. Since my father was the fifth of nine children in the family, the responsibility of raising this large family fell squarely on my grandmother's shoulders. Every year, in our stockings, my Dad would always include an orange. One day, I asked him about it. He told me that, for him, oranges 'made the Christmas Holiday season.' Since there were nine kids in my father's family, and no real money for Christmas presents, my Dad always looked forward to the large box of Oranges his uncle broght to the house on Christmas day. Every year, each of my Dad's 6 children would receive an Orange. It was his way of remembering the Christmas season, his family, and the generosity of his Uncle. Similarly I, as one of his children, would have the chance to remember how much that orange meant to my father and the rest of the kids in my father's family. And yes, I've carried on the tradition of including an orange in my children's Christmas stockings.

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