Miracle on 4th Street


If you have stopped by my office recently, you may have noticed a cane leaning against the wall over in the corner. The cold snap that blew through the region this week left my lame hip a bit stiff and not always able to bear my full weight. Embarrassing as it is for such a young man to be walking around with a cane, it was my only reasonable option. The other day when I glanced at my own cane leaning there in the corner, it reminded me of the closing scene of Miracle on 34th Street.

Unlike Miracle on 34th Street, Kris Kringle put a Kindle in my wife’s stocking. Not getting the house of our dreams, I guess we will just have to stay in our old house on 4th Street. But this new Kindle might be the real miracle anyway.

I knew ahead of time what Santa Claus was planning to give my wife, but I told no one as not to spoil the surprise. Keeping this a secret might not have been such a brilliant idea since everybody gave her books. I even gave her a book, wrapping it in a way to make it obvious, just to throw her off and dispel any suspicion she might have about getting a Kindle.

Christmas morning was great fun at our house, and the wife got lots of books. Lots! So many that when she took a trip to visit her sister that next week, she left the Kindle home with me, giving me permission to play with it. So, “play with it” I did.

I can only remember ever reading one book in my entire life, “Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine.” I was in the 5th grade.

I downloaded the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation. Not actually a book per se, but I read them on the Kindle in no time. I then decided I was ready for something more, something greater. Pride and Prejudice was at the top of the free downloads list for the Kindle, so I downloaded it. I am not a reader, and when I do read, I read slowly. But in less than a week, I had finished the book. I loved it. I am now half way through Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. I love reading!

I am sure glad Santa Claus got my wife a Kindle.

And… I am sure glad she got so many books for Christmas too.


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