Letters to the Editor: Miracles really do happen | SierraSun.com

Letters to the Editor: Miracles really do happen

It was 13 years ago, at Park Lane Mall. I was a mere five years old and had lived in Reno my whole life. My family struggled to survive and life was hard for us for a long time. No matter how little money we had to spare, I always saw Santa Claus, and my mother did her best to get what I asked Santa for.

I was standing in line and it was my turn. I remember my heart beating a mile a minute. I had decided the night before that I only wanted one thing. I sat upon Kris Kringleand#8217;s lap and my eyes met his charitable gaze. It took all of my courage and all of my heart but when Santa asked me and#8220;What do you want for Christmas?and#8221; I replied with a stern and serious voice. I didnand#8217;t just want this, I needed it. My family needed it. I said and#8220;I want a house for my family with a room for each of us with a loft.and#8221;

Then, before he could reply I said, and#8220; I never want another thing for Christmas as long as I live. Just please help me and my family.and#8221;

The bright kind eyes of old Saint Nick faltered as he began to cry. I didnand#8217;t understand why he was crying. Christmas came, and no house with it. I refused to accept it. I knew and#8220;Santa just needs some more time, a house is a really big gift.and#8221; Six months passed by with little or no change.

One day, my mother asked my brother and I if we wanted to go for a drive. After a half-hour of anticipation we drove into a school parking lot. My mom pointed to a beautiful house on the other side of the school yard. She said for some reason she wanted to see it. As we passed by the driveway we saw a sign: FOR RENT. We made an appointment and returned to see the house. What we found was a house with three bedrooms and a loft. Santa had given me what I asked for. I have lived in this same house for the last 12 years. In the same bedroom I claimed as my own so long ago.

The point of this story is that miracles do happen. If the Santa who cried remembers this, I want to thank you. If nothing else, you served as a beacon of hope to myself and my family. Park Lane Mall will, in this young manand#8217;s heart, be missed dearly.

Patrick Forbes


Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.