Christmas surprise in Ojai

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004
For the past many week's I've been immersed in a large client project, one which has required several trips and which will culminate with a series of meetings this week in Ojai. I do not like to be away from my family, especially during the holidays, but sometimes I must travel at this time of year to accommodate my client's schedule. In addition to being tired from a string of very long days, I've been feeling a little melancholy as I return to the hotel room at the end of each day; no Lassie to bark hello, no kids to greet me, and no kiss from my sweetheart.

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Tonight, I returned to my hotel room to find that something was very different; it was not as I had left it. Indeed, for a moment I thought I must have walked into the wrong room. While I was away, a live Christmas tree -- complete with lights tree-skirt, and ornaments -- had been placed in the room and home-made cards and decorations had been put up around the room. Wow!

Apparently, during the day, Kathy had contacted the hotel manager to work out the details before she drove the few hundred mile round-trip to carry out her mission to decorate my room and return home. You can imagine my surprise when I returned exhausted to find this cheery welcome. It's not a substitute for being with my family, but it is a delightful reminder to know that I am loved, and blessed.

Discussion/Comments (5):

I´m glad you likmed our surprise

Dear Dad,

I am soo glad that you liked our little surprise and I hope that it will cheer you up. We have missed you soo much and we are looking forward to seeing you again on Christmas Eve. You should see all the presents that we have under our tree! Last night Amy, Emily, Kelly, and I slept next to it and we had to move them all around so that we would have enough room to sleep there. I love you soo much.

Merry Christmas,


Posted at 12/21/2004 11:15:10 AM by Wendy

I just read your blog.

Dear Daddy,

I just read your blog. I liked it very much. Mommy and I are baking cookies for the Christmas Caroling night. Grandma, Amy, Wendy, Kelly, and I decorated cookies. I'm saving you my tree cookie. I love you

Merry Christmas

Love, Emily

Posted at 12/21/2004 11:17:02 AM by Emily

Thank you

Dear Dad,

Thank you for the wonderful blog entry. I hope it really was a big surprise. Mom got you a live tree so that when you come home we can plant it. I sure miss you, but we all were delighted to surprise you with this present. Wendy and I are making some Christmas presents for our friends. Wendy has already finished part of her's and I am almost done with mine. We have already picked out fabric for it and are going to start sewing it up soon. I sure miss you and look forward to seeing you soon. MERRY CHRISTMAS!



Posted at 12/21/2004 11:18:40 AM by Amy

Very sweet

How very sweet! Made me shed a tear.

Warm regards and Happy Holidays,


Posted at 12/22/2004 7:24:17 AM by Bruce Elgort

Your family ROCKS!

Gee... this makes me want to leave the office right now and go home!

Huge blessings to you and your family this Christmas.


Posted at 12/22/2004 12:31:14 PM by Kevin

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