Big Chuck Gets One Last Christmas Gift From His Mom
Last year, Christmas 2016, was not the best one I ever had.
Trish's step-father, Mike, died on Christmas Eve at the age of 68. Shortly after that my own Mom, Kate, went into the hospital for the last time and died a few weeks later at 90. On top of everything else we were selling our house in Oneonta and we got an unexpected offer and had to move and find a new place quickly. It was a hurly-burly of a holiday with quite a bit of sadness to it. In fact we didn't even put up a tree.
Fast forward to this year, Christmas 2017. While putting up this year's tree and stockings yesterday I came across a gift from my Mom from last year that somehow I hadn't seen or didn't remember. It was a $50.00 gift certificate to Sloan's restaurant in Oneonta, a place that my Mom knew Trish and I enjoyed. I was shocked to find the gift certificate. I mean, it somehow survived a massive move from one house to another, into a whole different town! (see the photo of the gift certificate below!)
In any case, I was so happy to find it. Then I saw the expiration date. December 6, 2017. That was last night. So, Trish and I went to Sloan's last night, December 6, and had a great meal courtesy of my dear old Mom. A year later, but just in time, and such a sweet reminder of how wonderful she really was.
She is missed by all D'Imperios this year for sure.
Your Big Chuck loves you, Mom!