THE MONTHLY ADVANCE
9362 W. Overland Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 December 2017
Michelle had a space in the garage prepared for our newest family member. She wanted the surprise to be as perfect as possible, and the garage was the closest thing we had to a soundproof environment. As Scott walked to the tree on Christmas morning, it didn’t take long for him to realize his wish had come true. He held Jenny in his arms, a mile-wide smile on his face. I looked at Michelle, and we felt so good that we were able to provide Scott with a surprise he’d never forget. And really, all the credit goes to her. My job was more courier than curator. This year, Christmas will be slightly bittersweet for us. Michelle recently lost her mom, Colleen. Colleen was a remarkable woman, and I think Michelle inherited a lot of the Christmas spirit from her mom. Though Colleen didn’t come from a wealthy family, she always made the holidays a special time for her kids. I think Michelle enjoyed returning the favor for her mom in recent years. We’ll certainly miss spending the holidays with Colleen this year, but Michelle, Scott, and I will keep her in our memory. In closing, I want to wish you a happy holidays and merry Christmas. I hope you have somebody in your life who embodies the true spirit of Christmas — someone like Michelle. all-out in the best possible way. I may have to restrain myself from eating way too many delicious Christmas cookies, but I consider that a great problem to have.” “From decoration and music to the smells and tastes of the holiday season, Michelle goes
THE PERSONIFICATION OF HOLIDAY CHEER A Tribute to Michelle
When it came time to think about what I’d discuss this month, I immediately knew who I wanted to highlight. My wife, Michelle, personifies the spirit of Christmas, and I want this article to be a tribute. She’s the brightest presence in my life no matter the season, but she becomes even more effervescent during the holidays. If I were to use a holiday-themed analogy, I’d say she lights up like Christmas tree. Every year, we fill our house to the brim with some serious Christmas joy. From decorations and music to the smells and tastes of the holiday season, Michelle goes all-out in the best possible way. I may have to restrain myself from eating way too many delicious Christmas cookies, but I consider that a great problem to have. When Michelle makes prime rib on Christmas day, however, there’s simply no holding me back. Between that and her world-famous (or at least Jones family-famous) pumpkin pie, I spend
the last week of the year trying to recover from a delightful food coma.
As a gift-giver, Michelle is just as spectacular as you might imagine. I remember when Scott, our son, was 3 or 4. We went to visit Santa, and Scott said in no uncertain terms that what he wanted was a puppy. After that fateful day, we knew we had no choice but to deliver a four-legged present Scott would never forget. Michelle found the cutest little dog, a half German shepherd and half chow mix. We had the pet store keep the dog until Christmas Eve so Scott wouldn’t catch on to the surprise. When the day arrived, it was my job to pick up the little pup. I remember walking through the mall with her yapping away at everyone who walked by. “Christmas present for my son,” I would say to them, lest they think I was just some crazy guy carrying a dog from store to store. When I got home,
Al Jones , PT, OCS, Cert. MDT
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