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When a Doorbell’s Ring Means Hope

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It was as if someone was saying to us, “You are seen. You are loved.”

The doorbell rang one mid-December evening. I frequently had unexpected visitors in those early days after my husband’s death, sometimes bearing dinner, often with tears. But when my 6-year-old son opened the door, nobody was there.

Instead, on the doormat, was a triangular box, a kit to make a gingerbread house, trimmed with a wide silver ribbon and a note that read “On the First Day of Christmas. …”

Still, I was dreading Christmas. How could December have arrived without my husband? I didn’t turn up the holiday tunes or turn out the Christmas decorations. There were mornings when, after I walked Danny and Jason to their elementary school, I wanted to crawl back into bed and not emerge until they came home from college. If any homework got done or I remembered to feed the dog, I counted the day a win.

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