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As Christmas draws near I will try and run more than one story a week... Enjoy today's poignant reminder from Bob Perks!

From my family to yours,

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Don't Wait For Christmas

By Bob Perks

You are never prepared for a call like this.  You are certainly aware that the time will come, but when it does it hits hard.
We were shopping at a new store that sells bird food, feeders and such.  It was a perfectly wonderful day.  That is until my cell phone rang.
It was my wife's brother.  He never calls like this unless...unless there's bad news. 
For whatever reason I talked and joked with him.
"We're getting old now, Anthony.  Our hobbies changed from more physical things to bird watching," I said.
He didn't reply.
I walked outside and motioned for Marianne to follow.
I know I was thinking if I kept talking he'd not have to tell me what happened.  I stopped, took a deep breath and said, "So what's going on?"
"I have some bad news," he said.
Whenever it involves my wife's family I make sure she hears it first. 
I handed her the phone.  "No!  No! What happened?"
She slumped against the store front window.
My brother-in-law, Nabih had died.
Shock and disbelief stormed into our lives.  This otherwise perfectly beautiful day suddenly turned black and overcast with fear and pain.
We headed home.
Knowing she would need to go to California to be at her sister's side, my wife began packing.
You know what I'm going to tell you.  You probably see it coming.  You've been told this before.  Perhaps you even made an extra effort once.  Don't wait any longer to tell them how much you love them.  Don't wait to visit them next year.  Don't wait to say "I'm sorry!"  Don't wait...should I go on?
Earlier that day we did a little Christmas shopping.  As I watched my wife struggling with her emotions pacing back and forth, I wondered what I could do.
That could have been me.  That could have been her.  It could be you.
Then it hit me.  I went to my closet. 
When I came out of my office she was standing there.
"I'm sure that somewhere in a closet in your sister's house there is a present Nabih had purchased to give to her on Christmas Day.  We shouldn't wait for presents," I said.
Then I handed her the new robe I bought her. 
"Merry Christmas, just in case," I told her.
We cried.
Oh, I know you can't do things like that all the time.  Christmas presents are for Christmas. 
It wasn't until later that we discovered that Nabih did indeed have a surprise for his wife. 
We have a bakery in our area that makes the very best Poppy seed roll.  We have shipped it or hand delivered it to her family for years.  A few weeks ago, Nabih had asked my wife for the phone number of the bakery.  She gave it to him and forgot about it.
Nabih had died at around 4:00 a.m. on that saturday. His wife found him in the family room.  In the midst of all the heartbreak, a delivery man came to the door with a package.  It contained four rolls of poppy seed as a surprise for his wife.
Wait there's more.
I never heard that story until later.  Knowing that the family loved it so much and that they would be gathered together Thanksgiving Day, I overnighted three rolls for them to share.
They arrived the day they held his memorial service.
His gift to them was his life.  His surprise wasn't diamonds, gold or even a new robe.
But it's not what you give's why.
Don't wait for Christmas to tell them you love them.

"I believe in you!"
Bob Perks

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Robert C. Perks is president of Creative Motivation and author of the book "The Flight of a Lifetime." He is a motivational speaker, Member of the National Writer's Association, and a training consultant with the state of Pennsylvania. He is a contributing author to many inspirational books including a number in the Chicken Soup series. Sign up for Bob's FREE weekly messages, "I Believe in YOU!" by visiting: or send an email to: All stories remain the property of Bob Perks Copyright 2003.


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Thought For The Day:

"Happiness is the result of circumstances, but joy endures in spite of circumstances"

Verse for the Day:

" thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore"--Psalm 16:11

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"Felt markers are not good to use as lipstick."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"It goes without saying that you should never have more children then you have car windows." -Erma Bombeck

Coach's Thought For The Day

"You can soon determine the caliber of an athlete by ascertaining the amount of opposition it takes to discourage her."

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop." --Vita Sackville-West

Deep Thought For The Day:

"He's the kind of friend who will always be there when he needs you."



"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20

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Dear Michael,

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever! Love, Trisha Silverhill, AL

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