Pancakes and eggs – not a big deal, but to me many little things became a big deal these last 12 years. On Christmas morning, I helped make a pancake & egg breakfast with my daughter Mykaela for the first time since December of 2007. Our family Christmas tradition was reborn for our large family of seven.
Since a car accident in 2008 basically crippled me, I’ve spent the past eleven Christmases in pain, sick, debilitated and often lying on a table while my kids opened gifts, unable to see the joy in their faces as they unwrapped their presents.
But this year I’ve made a giant leap forward with healing, rehab, strength and activity. After fifty medical procedures, 5,000 injections (yes – the number is correct), 75 hyperbaric sessions, and four years of rehab, I get around pretty well now. My guiding light? Five Mazzei kids who didn’t want to see their father give up (although I wanted to quit most every day.) And Proverbs 3:4-5 helped – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him & he will direct your path.”
I know many of you face serious adversity and challenges as we wrap up a most unpleasant year for all. Above and beyond the aggravations of COVID-19, you may have financial worries, health problems, family break-ups, and lost loved ones. For whatever you’re facing, please know that you are stronger than you think. When the days are long and dark, just try and remember the Mazzei motto – “Keep moving forward!”