Hi Mr. Joyner,
This holiday will be an emotional one for my children and me. It will be our first without my husband and their father. In October, my brave thirty-seven year-old husband, Gregory Washington, lost his long battle with cancer we had been together since we were twenty-one years-old and although we were married for sixteen years, he always talked to me as if I was his best friend. We have three wonderful children—a thirteen year-old daughter and two sons—ten and twelve.
Tom, my children and i are grateful to have so many fantastic memories of Greg. He was a remarkable man who always thought of himself as being ordinary. He was anything but ordinary to us, because he had the ability to be a great father and loved us beyond measure. My kids are helping me through my grief by reminding me that “life must go on”. Basically, they are children acting like children.
They would like Christmas to feel like Christmas with presents, a decorated tree, and holiday eating.They are too young to understand that hospital bills and Greg’s inability to work has left me struggling. Right now, I don’t know “if” or “how” to get in the Christmas spirit, but i know that they will be disappointed if i can’t get it together.