It’s a Christmas Miracle

You’re not going to believe this. I don’t believe this, and it’s sitting in front of me:

Yup. That’s what it looks like. And it’s sitting on my desk looking at me. It came in the mail last week. Sitting on my porch in a box marked from California.

I had had a particularly difficult day, the male parental unit had arrived two hours late for a visit, the kids were fried and I was an emotional wreck. The boys drug the box in from the porch. When I sliced open the shipping container, inside was a shiny, new, still-in-the-box Apple MacBook. I burst into tears.

Lifting it from the box, I gingerly lifted the screen, and it had been already charged, and a little window opened on the happy little screen, proclaiming “Hi Tracy!”, and up at the top it said across the banner “tracy’s macbook”. It had been loaded with things than I can’t even begin to comprehend, as well as MS Office with Word, Powerpoint, Excel, et all- so it even had programs I knew along with all the happy new Apple stuff I don’t know yet.

I sat at the table crying.

I want to respect the privacy of the people did this for me, but I also want to acknowledge their incredible kindness and generosity. My pride wanted me to say “Oh, no! I cannot possibly take such a gift!” and yet, I know I cannot afford that kind of pride. The last few months have been a lesson in humility, and that gracefully accepting desperately needed help is as much a necessity as is generously giving. Right now I don’t have much to give. But I have sure learned how to give, and when the wheel turns and it’s once again my turn to share, I have countless, graceful examples to follow.

People are so good. And I cannot wait until it’s my turn to practice what I am being daily taught. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Namaste.

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20 thoughts on “It’s a Christmas Miracle

  1. Wow, your family rocks. Congrats on the Macbook, my friend has one and is in looooooooooove with it.

    But on another note, seriously? Has your STBX just decided he doesn’t like his kids anymore? It makes me gnash my teeth to read stuff like that. Grawr.

  2. The computer wasn’t from my family. It was from someone I knew as a kid, and who found my blog, and he and his wife decided to do this for me. It’s that much more amazing…

    No, he loves his kids- I do not doubt that. He’s dealing with other issues that make it hard for him function in a healthy way. At this point I cannot say more.

  3. I teared up reading this. These types of miracles are the best!

    Times like these are hard lessons in humility, but actions like this sure inspire the motivation to be generous with others at some future date when one is able! (Someday we’ll both be able to do that again…)

  4. Arids, it’s so hard for me to believe that I help anyone, but enough people that I value and trust say so, so there must be something to it.

    My position is one of such vulnerability right now- I have so little- and yet I am so richly blessed. I just keep finding myself blown away by how good people are, and how much the human heart can give and take.

  5. I hope you are developing some serious faith in the human race.
    And this makes me so happy. I keep praying for people who are in a position to help you to do so, so this answers my prayers too!

  6. Yea Yea Yea and Hip-Hooray!!! I am almost as happy for you as if I had gotten it! And yes, the presentation was so cool!!!!

    This will help you provide for your family, so it is so much more than just a great gift, it’s future money in your pocket. I’ve got Happy Christmas chills 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Congrats! Those who share will receive more blessings than they could possibly comprehend. And you get blessed just by accepting that service. Thanks so much for sharing a story that proves that there are still wonderful people in this world. This is so much better than reading the nasty latest on CNN.

  8. i am so over-the-top-squealing-freakin’-happy for you! I love love love that they did this for you! you will LOVE it! my hubby works on a macbook pro (he is dying for the one that you have) and we’ve NEVER had a problem with it. (it’s 3 years old) it’s never had a virus or any problems whatsoever! merry christmas to you!

  9. I just got chills from this post, Tracy. Your friends are amazing! I’ve been wishing that I, too, could somehow help you in some way, but all I can do right now is pray for you. And for your marvelous friends–I hope blessings will be heaped upon their heads.

    You are an amazing example to me, Tracy. You have so much grace and fire and spirit. Thanks for letting a total strange share your life a little.

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