We had our very own Christmas miracle this year. 9 months ago, Sean lost his favourite friend Mary aka Bryson in the waters of Disneysea. I blogged about it here. We were all pretty upset about this.
I only blogged about the loss of Mary/Bryson last month, more than half a year after it was lost. You know, sometimes I get so lazy about blogging, and really wanna just call it a day, but things like this makes me sooooo glad I have this blog. This is what happened.
About 2 weeks ago, I received a comment on this blog from a reader (who had never commented before) saying that she had seen Mary at a maid agency in Tampines as she was walking by. The toy was just there in a play corner for kids to play with (it looks really new so we don't think many kids went there). It wasn't for sale. When I emailed her asking for more information, the kind soul actually returned to the agency and asked for the tortoise! She sent me a short email saying, "Mary is with me now." My heart just went OMG OMG OMG. She then sent me a picture of Mary, and she looked perfect. I am soooo thankful, THANK YOU GRACE for this Christmas miracle :)
I guess I should explain why this feels so incredible and unreal. This toy tortoise isn't store-bought. It was an airline giveaway by Malaysia Airlines. A stewardess gave this to then 7-month old Brian, in 1998, on our flight from KL to Singapore (when we were going on to Rome). I doubt the toy is still in production so I really thought there was no hope of ever finding the same toy anywhere. After all, it's been more than 12 years! I seriously have no explanation for this except to say prayers do come true!
A week or so later, Mary was in my hands (our kind friends who were visiting from Singapore helped collect Mary). Just now, I made sure Sean was still awake and at midnight on Christmas Day (about an hour ago), I sneaked out the front door, placed Bryson/Mary outside our door and rang the doorbell.
Before this, we had told Sean that if he prayed really hard, Bryson might swim his way from Tokyo to Bangkok. This story evolved to become, Oh, maybe Bryson met Santa Claus and hopped onto his sleigh, and if you're really good, Bryson might come back on Christmas Day!...
Anyway, Sean is so happy, it really is a miracle to him.
I managed to capture his joy at seeing Bryson/Mary, don't mind the messy house and Eddie's mangling of Merry Christmas into a Happy Birthday tune :)
Merry Christmas everyone, may all your days be joyous and may we always count our blessings and enjoy our miracles, no matter big or small!