The average American will spend more than $800 on Christmas this year. But there are some things money can’t buy – like an appearance from Batman. Yes, that really is one wish. A healthy dog is another.
“I want our Siberian Husky to get over the mites that are making her itch,” says Mark Weinhardt.
Nearly 200 people weighed in on my Facebook page when asked what non-monetary or non-material gift they would like most for Christmas.
Wes Worthing wants a day without “I” – as in pods, pads and phones. A lot of people asked for peace, both world peace and peace of mind. Mike Bach wants to see his Dad again to say he’s sorry.
And Clifford Smith, “As long as I have my family, that’s all that matters.”
Well, there is one more thing.
“My wife to walk again,” says Smith.
His wife, Gloria Small fell while hanging a picture.
“I lost my balance and I fell and broke my neck.”
That was two years ago. Clifford has been taking care of her ever since.
“I bathe her, feed her, I change her clothes.”
The dance of life has changed, but they’re committed to remaining partners.
“It`s the toughest thing I’ve had to go through,” says Clifford.
“But I told her, ‘we’ll be together until the day I die’,” he said.
Clifford and Gloria might not get their Christmas wish this year. But they know better than most, there are some things money just can’t buy.
“Whatever you do don’t take life for granted,” says Clifford. Because it can change in five minutes.”