11-Twas the night before the tenth of December
11-A day our family all will remember
12-My stress filled days of worry come down to this
12-Four hours in surgery I don’t want to miss
12-My two children are nestled all snug in their beds
12-While visions of Christmas Care Bears dance in their heads
11-Mema enjoyed her free beer as a night cap
11-While papa lay on the sofa for a nap
11-Uncle Stefen channel surfed waiting to sleep
11-While my husband and I crawl under the sheets
12-I was full of nerves but knew what I was giving
12-My kidney was the ultimate Gift of Living.
12-Come morning everyone looked so uncertain
12-But I’m excited to step behind the curtain
11-The surgeons are waiting eagerly for me
11-And I am as ready as ill ever be.
11- When I come to, it feels like moments ago
11- The pain is minimal, surprisingly so
12- Typical for me, I wake up talking away
12- Mouth moving but I have no idea what I say
12-In no time at all in comes all my family
12-my daughter and son were too worried they’d hurt me
11-so hugs and kisses were minimal for now
11-but I knew later I would get them somehow!
11-A few hours passed and good news came to me
11-scott was doing well with his brand new kidney!
12-I was so glad to hear that it all went so well
12-and called everyone that I could think of to tell
12-Then we were moved to the 6th floor to get some rest
12- It seemed we were racing to recover the best
11-the nurses and doctors all stop in to chat
11- Wondering where his recovery is at.
11-Im thrilled to hear each of his reports come back
11-his blood pressure is down, no more pills at that
12-his creatnine dropped lower than its been in years
12-I can see behind the smiles- the joyful tears.
12-my little kidney did this, its crazy to see!
12-watching him get his life back is enough for me
11-Im grateful this Christmas I’m able to give
11-this simple gift that gave him the chance to live.
11-but before this ends you must understand this
11-I am a Christian who truly loves Jesus
12- I believe that I was given the ability
12- To truly love the world unconditionally
12-it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done
12-you deserve to be shown love just like anyone
11-we are asked to love each other, so I do
11-we are asked to help each other, so I do
11-humbly I say that’s all there was to it
11-my husband and I sat and talked for a bit
12-then when the blood test came back positive, it was true
12-i knew right away what I was going to do
12-my goal through all this is to help raise awareness
12-to take people who don’t know or couldn’t care less
11- And show them how simple donating can be
11- So they see how important this is to me.
11-So this Christmas as you all come together
11-please think of my family and remember
12-you can buy things each year and then keep on giving
12-but nothing gives better than the Gift of Living.
written by Rabecca Ranaldi