You never know who may be watching your back.
At the height of the Depression, Martin Klapper’s family was forced to go on welfare. Christmas looked bleak. A few days before the holiday, ten-year-old Martin looked out a kitchen window to see his father sitting on the stoop, head in hands. The approaching mailman asked him what was wrong.
“I heard my father say that he had used up his food vouchers and that the rent was past due,” relates Klapper. The mailman asked how much he needed. Klapper’s dad said he needed $33, and without hesitation, the mailman took $50 from his wallet and handed it to him.
“My dad said, “I don’t know when I’ll be able to pay you back.” The mailman replied, “Isaac, things will not be this way forever. There will be times in the future when someone needs your help. Help them within your means and tell them what happened this day. This will be my payback. Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah.”
This generous mailman became part of the Klapper family that day. And his legacy lived on, as both father and son repaid the debt many times over.
Who are your true family? And how might you extend your circle to include others? There’s a Full Moon in familial Cancer on Christmas Day – the first time this has happened since 1977. Although emotions and sensitivities are apt to be running high, so is the potential for love, inclusion and forgiveness.
Wild card Uranus turns direct the same day, encouraging us to break with tradition. Most of you won’t be sipping wheat grass juice with strangers (or, should I say, previously unknown friends) on Christmas Day, like me. But wherever you are, just remember that true family is where you find it – or create it.