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December 12, 2018 | Rick Hall
"A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend."
It's clear that Carina and Jean have a special relationship. And Carina's Christmas Wish has been granted!
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Dear Star 99.1’s Christmas Wish,
When you’re a kid, you don’t always realize the sacrifices that your parents make to keep you healthy and happy, to make sure that there are meals on the table each night, to make sure you have something nutritious in that brown bag as you walk out the door for school, to make sure that you have clean clothes ready in the morning and clean sheets to lay your head on and get a good night’s sleep every night. As a child, as a teenager, you don’t necessarily put a lot of thought into what was given up to make all of that possible for you.
You don’t see the furious coupon clipping, the holding of the breath at the checkout as they swipe those coupons, hoping it makes enough of a difference that you can afford your family’s groceries for that week. You don’t notice that your parents are walking around in worn out shoes so that they could replace the shoes you just outgrew, or that they’re trying to make that work outfit that’s five years old go another five years to they can make sure you have the clothes you need for school and extra-curricular activities and all of that.
But this has been my mom’s reality for years and years, now. She goes without so that I can have. And as I’ve grown older, I’ve started to notice all of that stuff I missed when I was younger – all of the sacrifices that are being made. My mom is an incredible, giving woman by nature. Not only has she always taken care of me, but she serves in our church, and she’s always finding ways to serve in our community. She loves God with all of her heart and wants everything that she says and does to be a reflection of that. Even when things get rough, she exhibits nothing but hope and joy in the promises our Savior has made to us. And lately, things have been very rough. My father has been without work, and it’s taking everything just to stay afloat as they try to make sure the fridge is full and the bills are paid, and as they continue to take care of me.
I’m in school, I’ve got two unpaid internships that I’m working, and I do have a part time waitress job that helps me cover some of the gas I use, but it’s not enough to contribute significantly to the household budget. Needless to say, it’s been a very long time since my mother has been able to treat herself to something nice. I can’t remember the last time I saw her buy a piece of clothing that wasn’t found at a thrift store or rummage sale. Everything in her closet is a hand me down of some sort, and I guarantee you she’s forgotten the feeling of being able to pull something brand new off the rack and buy it for herself. And that’s my wish for my mom this Christmas. That after all of the giving and sacrificing she’s done, that she have a little something for herself. Something new. I want for her to experience the joy of shopping for herself.
Star 99.1, please make this Christmas wish come true for the most amazing mother in the world. It would mean everything to not just her, but me, as well, as I’m not in the financial position to be able to give this to her.
Thank you so much.
Carina of West Milford.