Tuesday, December 2, 2014

**contest winner**

THIS contest was fun. i received numerous emails detailing holiday traditions with significant  meaning in your lives. thank you so much for participating, you stirred up lots of good feelings. Some shared playful traditions and others were heartfelt. i appreciated the whole gamut. you had me chuckling and sniffling. 

undoubtedly the winner is my dear friend Sally Stansik. she said she didn't expect to win, but i am so happy to award her the grand prize! her submission kindled a spirit deep within. a spirit that exists, but is not always in the lead. kindness. love. generosity. selflessness. 

below is an excerpt from her submission..

"There are so many things that are wonderful and magical and priceless and precious about our holiday, but one thing that stands out to me, is a tradition that my daughter Molly has kept up for many years. Molly became friends with Chelsea in elementary school. Chelsea is a neighbor who happens to have special needs and challenges, and a disease called Prader-Willi. She is a very special girl and our entire family adores her. She “likes" us, but the Stansik she TRULY loves is Romeo, our 12 year old yellow lab. Romeo was a new puppy the year we met Chelsea. Each year at Christmas time, Molly arranges a time to have Chelsea come over and cook, spend time with us (manicures, movies, game-night etc), and most importantly, spending time with Romeo. Many years, we have a “sleepover” - something kids with special needs don’t always get invited to do. This started in elementary school and Molly has continued this tradition, even after Chelsea moved into a group home in the next town over, and even after Molly moved away to college and even now when Molly is working and living at Harvard. It is a precious and priceless time, reminding us of what is, and what is not important. Chelsea teaches us so much despite her challenges. It also makes me proud beyond words, that my daughter has a heart that makes this tradition a priority."

let's each absorb this sentiment from Sally and her daughter Molly and make it a season of giving. make someone smile. give the gift of love. lead with compassion. 
Thank you for sharing this amazing tradition, Sal. watch for an email with your minted. code. 

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -Maya Angelou

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

YAY !!!!!!!!!

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