This is a story and a Christmas
that I will always remember.
I woke up
on Christmas Eve morning and I was very sick. I had some type of flu
virus or something. I felt so awful, I couldn't eat, sit up, or do
anything. And being Christmas time made it even worse because my mom
was in the kitchen cooking all this great food and I was supposed to be
having fun and enjoying myself, but instead I was stuck in bed sick.
Well in my family, its been a
tradition like for my brother and his family to come over and eat
Christmas Eve dinner with us since they go to her home for Christmas
Day. So the day went by and I still didn't feel any better. My brother
and his girlfriend arrived and I tried to join everybody for dinner,
but I didn't eat anything and still felt terrible. After dinner, we
went into the living room by the Christmas tree and spent time together
and exchanged presents. I tried to sit up and participate.
I soon opened one of the gifts
that my brother and his girlfriend had got for me and I couldn't
believe it. It was a very limited edition, hand autographed, upper deck
Rusty Wallace card set complete with a certificate of authenticity. I
was so happy and I don't know what happened, but I forgot all about
being sick. I started smiling and laughing and the night went on like I
had never felt better. And I went on the next day and had a wonderful
Christmas Day and enjoyed everything. I still laugh about it and
thinking back on it still puts a smile on my face. That card set and
autograph remains the most prized of all of my Rusty Wallace
memorabilia and having that little story behind it makes it all that
more special and unique too.