I am glad my niece Katie put up Christmas decorations to her late mum's memory. This is the second Christmas her mum Karen had gone to heaven.
I don't feel like putting up the tree. Unlike
the Chans, the Chins don't have the tradition of the Christmas tree. I
will put the tree in my heart and putting up Andrew's puppy.
October 4th, 1989
I had no recollection
who I went with and how I went; or if I did the things I intended to do.
I did go to Newmarket and was at the Chemist shop at 277, Broadway.
Suddenly, I wanted to buy things for Andrew. I had not prepared anything
for him. I grabbed an armful of soft toys, and as I was about to pay
for them, a torrent of tears flowed.
What was I doing? Andrew couldn’t
play with them? Andrew was dying.
The girl at the shop saw me and asked
if I was okay. She probably thought I was sick. I held the toys to my
chest. My poor Andrew, Mum hasn’t given you anything. Eventually I
composed myself and chose a little brown puppy with floppy ears and big
brown eyes. I gave it to Andrew and put it in the bassinet. Deep in my
heart, I had a sense of satisfaction. Sweet Andrew, Mum did give you
something after all.
When Andrew died, I gave away all of his
things except one, that little brown puppy dog. I kept it with his lock
of hair. Then I kept it with my Christmas decoration. Every year, when
we decorated the tree, I have told the children this is Andrew’s dog. In
my heart, I grieve for Andrew. This is another Christmas he won’t be
joining us. I told nobody about this.
children’s song I used to teach my Sunday School class came like honey.
Count your blessings, counting your blessings one by one.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
couldn’t remember all the lyrics, but the words “count your blessings,
count your blessings” became real and comforting. I thought of all my
loved ones, my husband, even though I had threatened to leave him the
day before, my two beautiful and healthy girls, and my many friends.