Presence Over Presents

Again – Chapter 23 – JohnA Passaro


For more powerful, more beautiful by far
Than all of the eons of sadness and cruelty and desolation
Which had come before,
Was the one tiny, crystalline second of laughter.

The Little Drummer Boy


December 24th, 2013

If the definition of happiness is the difference between expectation and reality, then today is the happiest day of my life.

It is only three days after Jess’s operation, and BettyJane and I are taking her home.

Jess looks awesome.

Her eyes are open, her face has life in it, and she is moving parts of her body that haven’t moved in a really long time.

Tomorrow is Christmas.

I laugh to myself as I realize that I haven’t even started Christmas shopping.

Then the thought crosses my mind that I don’t need to; as I have just learned the value of presence over presents.

Very shortly, my family will be together again.

And that is the best gift anyone can ever receive.

Pa rum pum pum pum.


Read the next chapter – The Crash


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