Giving and Receiving
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
Recently I was thinking about how life was when I was growing up during the 50s and 60s. Giving and receiving was a big part of my life, as mentioned in my book. I am thankful for being taught to give and to be appreciative of the gifts that I received.
For example, my memories of Birthdays and Christmas stand out the most when it comes to receiving things in our family. Each birthday mother made a delicious cake, decorated it with fun colors of icing and added candles. We were always encouraged to make a wish before we tried to blow all the candles out at once. We usually received one or two gifts like a toy, a doll, a coloring book, crayons, a game, and by the time we reached sixteen years old, we received a Bible. Another memory was when my mother pulled our ears when we had a birthday. She pulled our ears and counted how old we were, and then added, “and a big one to grow.” According to InterNations.org, Birthday Ear Pulling: In Italy, Hungary, Argentina, and other countries, a tradition for birthdays were that you wish a happy birthday by pulling on the earlobes of the birthday boy or girl. This tradition is done once for each year of the person’s age. The translation from wikipedia.org: “God bless you, live so long, so your ears reach your ankles.”
On Christmas morning, mother always placed an orange, one clear toy candy and a candy cane on our plate at the breakfast table. After breakfast, we would gather around in our living room, and each of us received one are two gifts like clothing, a game, crayons, or a book. There were seven of us children, so we understood why we didn’t receive many gifts.
Today, many people are experiencing hardships with COVID-19, plus other challenges. What lessons am I learning during these difficult times? Giving and receiving is a joy. Holidays and celebrations can be fun, but keep in mind there are others less fortunate.
In what ways have you experienced the joy of giving or receiving during this year? What are some of your special memories of the Holidays?