I've told you before I have a dear friend who makes a very convincing Santa Claus. I want to share with you his story and the subsequent video that followed this amazing chain of events.
Hope it is a fitting conclusion to all of our Christmas holidays.
As told by Richard Larsen:
"I would like to pass this along, not for any attention on me, but to share a small Christmas miracle with friends and family.
Being blessed to share in this project was nothing short of a blessing
for me and was a culmination of some small confidences or as I prefer to
believe, inspired events.
#1. I obsess over my schedule, checking it
more that twice. But for some reason I had it in my head that my first
appointment was 15 minutes later than it was, so I would have time to fill
up at Costco before starting the day. I had plenty of gas for the day,
but knew if I didn't fill up now I would have to fill up late that
night or Sunday which I prefer not to do.
#2. I have a policy of not
fueling while in red so as not to attract attention and cause
uncomfortable questions from children that might witness it and start an
inquisition directed to mom and dad.
#3. As I pulled into Costco it
was a crowded mess at the pumps. I quickly pulled into the shortest
line and then noticed the reason it was the shortest was because one
pump was not working. I quickly threw the sleigh into reverse thinking
there was no way I could wait. As I moved back towards the entrance, I
couldn't believe my eyes. There was a lane that had only the two
customers filling up. As I pulled up behind the car in front of me who
was just finishing up I was still amazed that while every other line had
at least three cars backed up, this one was open. I filled up and
was off to the races when Chris flagged me down. I'm afraid I wasn't very
cordial, but I did offer him my e-mail address and left in a hurry.
It wasn't until I was at Jolley's Gifts that I had a chance to reflect
on the experience. I felt I had blown the chance to be a part of
something special. After a long day of greeting children I ran home
to check my e-mail and was grateful that Chris had contacted me with
more information about Mitchell's Journey.
Though it was late, Chris and I made contact and I was able to meet the
Jones family at the cemetery. It was rainy but Michell's little brother
stuck bravely to my side with an umbrella to keep me dry. We then
traveled to their home and as soon as I entered Mitchell's room I could
feel the love that still existed there.
It was truly a blessing for me.
I hope all of my friends and family have had a most joyous Christmas and have been as blessed as I have been."