The story continues here – The True Meaning of Christmas. If you haven’t read the previous chapters go to Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven. Chapter Nine coming soon.
The True Meaning of Christmas
Angela flew downstairs to her husband and rushed into his arms as her tears fell onto his shoulder. He held her tightly and said, “Whatever happens, Sweetheart, I promise you that we will adopt a child once these children go back to their mother. I see now how much you need to have a child and, I have to admit, I need one too. These three are very precious aren’t they?”
“Oh, yes, Leonard. I can’t began to tell you how happy I feel having children here. I have wanted to adopt since we learned I could not conceive. But I wasn’t sure if you wanted to do that too. That would be wonderful! But for now we should do what we can for these children.”
“I pray that their mother recovers so she can take care of them. They truly need their mother.” Leonard responded.
“I wanted to talk to you about that. Do you think Mrs. Davis will mind if we give her children a share of our trust so that they can have enough to eat, clothes to wear and be able to get a good education one day. We have so much and will never be able to spend it all. Maybe we can give this family the best Christmas they have ever had.”
“I think we can manage that,” Leonard said feeling the same joy as his wife.
“Tomorrow we will go out and start Christmas shopping for the children and decorate the house and get a tree and…… Oh, Leonard, I have never felt happier in my life all due to poor Mrs. Davis’ getting sick. I pray that she will be well soon. In the meantime we will give her children a home with us and do all we can to help her by paying all her bills in the hospital and on her house. No one should have to live as she did. Maybe she would like to live here with us. We certainly have enough room for everyone. We have so much to give and we need so little for ourselves. Up until now I didn’t feel like celebrating Christmas and hadn’t even bothered to put up the tree. But now with these lovely children I want to go all out and decorate from top to bottom.”
“Yes, my darling, whatever your heart desires we will do. It is such a joy to see you so happy. But let’s take it one day at a time. We don’t want Mrs. Davis to feel as if we are trying to take over. She may want to go back to her own home when she is well.”
The ringing of the phone startled them as they were lost in their plans. Leonard went to pick it up and waved his hand for Angela to come closer as she heard him say, “Yes, Dr. Harvey, the children are doing fine. They are all tucked in bed and sound asleep. How is Mrs. Davis doing? Do you know when she will be returning home yet?”
Dr. Harvey explained, “She is very sick but coming around now and taking fluids. I hope to see her feeling better by tomorrow in case you want to bring the children by for a little while. They will have to wear masks when they visit with her. We don’t want them getting sick too. She asked for them as soon as she was awake. I told her that you and your wife were taking care of them. She was very pleased and said to tell you ‘thank you very much for your kindness.’”
“Yes, we were just discussing that. We want to bring the children by on Christmas Day so they can celebrate the day with their mother. I will bring a dinner for all of us if you care to join us. Will the hospital allow us to do that?”
“I will make sure they do. Don’t you worry about that, Mr. Antonelli. I have a lot of pull around here. Mrs. Davis will be very happy to hear this. It will give her an extra day to recuperate and rest more. This is very gracious of both of you. Thank you. Well, I just wanted to check in on the children. Have to get back to rounds. Hope you both have a good evening and thank you again. Goodnight.”
“You are very welcome, Dr. Harvey. Goodnight.” Leonard hung up the phone and turned to his wife and nodded. “It is all set we can go visit on Christmas. The children will be so happy.”
“I am happy too.” Angela smiled and twirled around as she felt her heart swell with all the joy that was bubbling up inside her.
There is only one chapter left of this story. I hope you are enjoying it and feeling the true meaning of Christmas in your hearts.
Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!
Giving to others makes your hearts soar!
Blessings to you and yours this Christmas season!