Letters To Santa


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My letters to Santa have changed over the years.  When I was young, we’d sit at the kitchen table.  The one with the speckled grey Formica top.  Nearby were baskets of lined notebook paper together with sharpened pencils and plain white envelopes.  My parents helped me lick the stamps.

“Dear Santa Claus,” I’d begin,  “I hope you and Mrs. Claus are good.  I’d like a new book to read, a doll and some candy too.  Please bring my mom something that helps her smell so sweet.  Please bring my dad something new to wear on his big, white feet.  My little brother hit me on the arm yesterday.  It still hurts, but not quite as bad.  You can bring him something small, I guess.  I hope it’s not a BB gun.  Love, XXXX.” 

The day my young son was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes back in 1992,  someone……..a doctor?….a nurse?….told me there would “probably be a cure within the next five years.”  At the time, my facial expression must have looked a bit like “a deer in headlights.”  To think there would be a “CURE!”  Five years was unfathomable, but there was hope!  We’d get through!!

“Dear Santa Claus,” my mental letter read that year, “Please bring my family the strength to survive the next five years.  Keep my son as healthy as can be.  YES, please bring us the ‘Cure’ within the next five years.”  That was my  mental letter all those years ago.

Researchers fought for a cure each and every day since my son was diagnosed.  No one will  stop until a great big celebration is announced!  In the interim, technology has improved.  Lives have been saved.  ‘Tools’ are so much better than ever before!  Compared to what was available when my son was diagnosed, miracles exist today.  I am so thankful for the many positive changes in diabetes living.

Still, if I wrote a letter to “Santa Claus” today it would read something like this:

Dear Santa Claus:

Please keep all of those living with diabetes safe and ‘healthy.’  Bring young children a special kiss together with an extra wish.  

Help technology to keep improving!  Allow those who are sick to live better lives each and every day.  More than anything,  I’d like a cure for diabetes within my lifetime.  Until then, please keep my children and grand-children happy and healthy.  

Thank you, Santa Claus. 

With Love,

XXXX

*originally posted 12/23/13

 

 

24 thoughts on “Letters To Santa

    • My dear sweet and kind David: I just saw this comment tonight and oh, what a gift ‘YOU’ are to me! My heart is brimming over to have such a friend. I hope you and your family had a beautiful Christmas! My 3 little grand-babies wore me out with joy yesterday, with the twins going home for their first sleepy night in the early evening. I must start taking more vitamins to keep my stamina…😊. Bless you with loving hugs, David.

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      • Hi Kim,
        Sounds like you need more than a few vitamins and some prayer trying to keep up with three grandchildren. I know what it’s like looking after two little ones and mine always seemed to head opposite directions and sometimes at speed. I was just thankful that my daughter was quite apprehensive about trying new things so while her brother wold be halfway up a tree and dangling by his foot after 5 minutes, she’d be with me and watching him to see what was okay, Admittedly, I had mobility issues but grandparents aren’t spring chicken and you hear of all 10 grandchildren under 5 all arriving at once. That’s serious vitamins if you ask me. That said, these energetic and exuberant little people are so precious. My son now has one more year at primary school and starts high school next year. I’m now starting to prepare myself for the teenage years when it seems like only yesterday that I was frantically taking notes at: “What makes toddlers tick”. By the way, I certainly found that artificial colours got my two ticking…a bit like an atom bomb. xx Ro

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      • Oh, ‘high school’ next year! The time will go by so fast!!! Enjoy each and every moment with your son-so precious. And yes, keeping my grand-babies away from ‘artificial’ colors. Thanks, Rowena. 😊

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      • Yes, just got him packed for Scout camp for 5 days. He is taking the backpack which I used backpacking through Europe back in 1992. He has grown so much but the backpack still towers over him.

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      • Speaking of sandwiches, my husband found yet another lunchbox hiding at the back of his cupboard while we were packing last night. Of course, the sandwiches hadn’t been eaten and the lot had gone very mouldy during the holidays. I am hoping living out of the pack for five days and learning how to be prepared is going to educate the boy a bit.

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      • Kim,
        I hadn’t thought of that. It would also have been poetic justice to Lady who stole my sandwich the other day while I was answering the door to the postal service. She’s very quick. Wouldn’t want her to get sick but her thievery can be trying.

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  1. Beautiful wishes Kim, may they all come true.
    Christmas wishes are dreams filled with hope.
    Hope your Christmas was beautiful, and may you continue to dream for all Children.
    Regards
    Emu aka Ian

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  2. Hi Kim,
    My uncle and cousin both have type one diabetes and with that genetic heritage along with my own auto-immune disease, I ditto your letter to Santa. They were 3 and 4 and don’t remember not having diabetes and when my uncle was young you used to have to boil of needles and his father gave him the injections so treatments have also come a long way. In my own personal quest for a cure, I remind myself that I’m blessed to have treatment and while mine is a rocky path, my friend who is the same age with a daughter the same age as Miss, was diagnosed with ALS, Our symptoms have many overlaps at least at the start so I am quite conscious of the importance of medical research and effective treatments while we also look for cures for these nasty diseases. I pray that your family has a happy and healthy New Year xx Rowena

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