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 Elsie M <I>Boleyn</I> Catlett

Elsie M Boleyn Catlett

Birth
Death 11 Apr 2017 (aged 85)
Texas, USA
Burial Cherokee County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 79918251 · View Source
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The Empty Corner
It is around the time of the year I used to call the home stretch. The rush was over, things were set, now just to sit back and wait on the wonder of kids faces on Christmas morning. I can still hear the excitement as they rolled out of bed at first light, how fast they would get mom and dad up to show what they had received from "Santa". The unwrapped presents still under the tree were secondary because they had learned from many Christmas past that they most likely contained clothes or school stuff. Dad and mom opened their gifts as the kids explored what each toy would do, dad often had socks and t-shirts, mom would have a watch, perhaps a pair of shoes she had been hinting of. There was an exchange of a kiss of appreciation and love, then the happiness of watching kids eyes of wonder would fill their hearts. The morning went by with thoughts and thanks of how lucky and blessed we were. The tree bore witness to all around it, every laugh, smile, and tear. The first Christmas in this house years ago we had bought the kids a tree. That tree sat in the corner for every Christmas, each year with more ornaments added the kids had made in church and school. The sad years, the years when tradition changed from one of celebration, to one of sadness. I miss the laughter of kids, even though back then I didn't pay attention to it as I should have. I look at the corner of the living room and see it empty, the tree sits upon a shelf in garage in a box, it's weary limbs full of memories of Christmas past. I can never bring myself to look upon it in this corner again. The kids now grown and making traditions of their own, as it should be. It leaves me with a wishing for this time to just hurry along and a new year to start. I will never forget the Christmas of happiness and family, but all is lost now, never to be found again. Time changes all memories and replaces them with more, some not as good as others. That is the real crime, that time and fate can steal what was and replace it of what will be. This time of year leaves me as empty and alone as that familiar corner where our tree once stood. Move along Christmas, move along.......nothing to see here.



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  • Maintained by: Ethel Gore
  • Originally Created by: Mary Glover-Ingles Lykins
  • Added: 5 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79918251
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elsie M Boleyn Catlett (24 Jul 1931–11 Apr 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79918251, citing Bullard Memorial Cemetery, Cherokee County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ethel Gore (contributor 47513142) .