If you follow me on Facebook then you know my grandma was the most precious person to me. She was so much to me when I needed someone. She was my grandma, she was my mom, and mostly, she was my best friend growing up. We did everything together. Watched movies, went on many, many long ass walks, read the bible (by her insistence), went to church, and spent many days together.
Last year, 2 weeks before Christmas, I had to say goodbye to her. It was the hardest goodbye I will ever have to give, and while it was best for her, it left me a bit shattered.
I went to live with her when I was nine, and she always made sure Christmas was extra special for me. Knowing I will never have another to share with her nearly kills me, but I wanted to do something for her.
She was a writer, although she never had the pleasure of others reading her stories, she told me about them every time I went to see her. She was completely blind for over 50 years of her life, and she never once let it stand in her way. She attended school and received degrees. She took us on many trips because she wanted us to see things she would never get to see. Thanks to her, I have seen more than half of the United States. Trust me, she never let her lack of sight hold her back from anything. If she wanted it, she found a way to do it, and she took on the pain of dealing with a child that wasn't hers.
Pretty much, she saved me.
She taught me about the person I wanted to be. She taught me how to take joy in the smaller things in life, and to never take anything for granted. Her biggest lesson to me was, 'Where there is a will, there is a way.' Every single time I think I can't do something, I repeat that phrase, hearing her tell me that as she pushed a very heavy piano up an incline in our living room at the time.
Anyway, I wanted to write a story in her honor. This is not based on her life, but very much influenced by her. This will be a drabble and will start posting Thanksgiving Day until Christmas.
I am posting the prologue early, but the rest will follow starting November 25th.
Edward, cynical and cold, from a business world, the last thing he expects is to spend his holiday in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Bella is determined to live her life on her own terms, never letting her disability stand in her way, especially on a day as special as Christmas. Can she teach him the true meaning of Christmas?
Sometimes in order to learn the true meaning of Christmas, you have to meet someone less fortunate than yourself. Some disadvantages are obvious while others are hidden deep, far from sight. Sometimes our disabilities are our greatest asset and provide us with the knowledge to see deeper than the surface. Sometimes our disabilities become treasured values others never knew they needed.