Matthew was a devoted husband and father of twin children who lost his wife a month before Christmas.
When physicians abruptly informed Matthew that his wife had passed away, he had been in the hospital for months, vacillating between life and death.
His daughters, Dakota and Chelsea, couldn’t believe their mother had left them so quickly and the news of her passing crushed his heart.
Matthew spent all of his savings on his wife’s care after consulting the best local physicians, yet he still felt helpless in the face of fate’s designs.
Matthew decided to purchase Dakota and Chelsea gifts two days before Christmas. He reasoned that giving them gifts would make the girls feel better since they were still mourning their mother’s passing and missed her dearly.
But I can’t afford to buy them anything, Matthew reasoned. He searched the attic for a present instead of purchasing new toys.
Toys from Matthew’s youth filled the attic of his home. Each plush animal and model car had a special memory attached that made him happy.
Matthew moved his head to search through his toys when he saw the field hockey table in the room’s corner. Although it was caked in dust, he could still clearly remember playing field hockey with his brothers.
When Matthew was a child, his father spent a few bucks on this table at a flea market. Matthew and his siblings would play table field hockey for hours after school every day, competing to score the most goals.
After he had cleared the table, Matthew exclaimed, “Now it looks good!”
Then he removed the fake Christmas tree from the previous year and cleaned up some of the beloved vintage toys by his daughters.
The widower went to a local store later that evening and bought a few sheets of cheap Christmas wrapping paper.
He wrapped the toys and the field hockey table after his girls went to bed. On Christmas Eve, he was prepared to surprise his girls.
On Christmas Eve, Dakota opened the box containing the field hockey table and shouted, “Wow, Dad, this table is wonderful!”
Chelsea said, “Thanks, Dad. “Will you instruct us in playing?”
“Yes, ladies.” Matt gave his daughters a bear embrace. “Come on, let’s play a game!”
Playing table field hockey in the afternoon was Matthew and his girls’ pastime. He also mentioned to them how much he enjoyed playing with his brothers as a child.
After their mother passed away, Matthew made his girls smile at Christmas without spending any money. The twins had never celebrated Christmas without their mother. He made sure his daughters had fun because of this.
The girls enjoyed playing table field hockey as they got older, and they even sponsored competitions at their houses for their friends. The twins’ friends adored playing on the table since it was an antique because it was decades old.
After the girls turned sixteen, Matthew developed an unexpected illness. The hospital’s doctor gave him a prescription for a life-threatening condition, but he lacked the funds to fill it.
Dakota questioned, “Dad, what are you going to do now?” “How will we be able to purchase these medications? You must take them for at least three months, the doctor advised.
Girls, don’t worry,” Matthew said with a smile to his daughters. “A solution will be found,”
Matthew only had a week’s worth of medication at the moment, and he had no idea how he would afford more. To prevent them from being anxious just thinking about him, he encouraged his daughters not to worry.
Dakota informed her sister that she had found a means to get Matthew’s medication before she went to bed.
Chelsea, I’m sure of what we can do. Dakota stated.
“What ought we to do?”
Why don’t we sell some of the excess items in our home and use the proceeds to purchase Dad’s medication?
“Dakota, you’re right. We can achieve it. But this place has a wide variety of items. What ought to we sell?
As the girls continued to search throughout the house, Dakota suddenly yelled, “Chelsea! The field hockey table!”
Dakota questioned, “Remember what Dad’s friend said about the field hockey table the last time he came over?” He claimed that this table is a valuable collector’s item and is worth a lot of money.
Fans of field hockey would give us enough money to pay for Dad’s medical bills.
“Really?” Chelsea’s gaze grew wider. If that’s the case, we should publish an advertisement in the newspaper and monitor how readers react.
The following morning, Dakota and Chelsea sneaked out of the house while Matthew was sleeping to request an advertisement in the neighborhood paper.
The girls then waited for a day until they started receiving requests for the table.
Chelsea remarked, “I didn’t anticipate that many takers, Dakota.” “Your concept was excellent!”
A former field hockey player got in touch with the girls two days after they placed the ad and expressed interest in buying the table. He even consented to pay their price request.
He informed the girls, “I stopped playing field hockey after I hurt my leg. Since then, playing table field hockey has kept me active; my children also enjoy it. What time should I arrive to retrieve the table?
Can you visit tomorrow, Dakota enquired.
The daughters polished the table later that evening and wrote a note inside thanking the former field hockey star for the purchase and telling him about their father.
The sisters sold the table the following day to raise the funds for their father’s medical care. After that, they surprised Matthew with the medications and explained how they had acquired the cash.
“I’m extremely grateful to you girls!” Matt gave his daughters a bear embrace. Without you two, “I don’t know what I would have done.”
A week later, Dakota answered the door when it rang late at night. When she noticed the former field hockey player standing in the doorway, her eyes became wider.
“Hi! The man said, “Remember I bought the field hockey table from you last week.
Dakota answered, “Yes, I remember your face,” not knowing why the man had come back. Has the table fractured? Are you going to demand a refund of your money?
He explained, “Well, I came here to return your field hockey table.
The girl asked anxiously, “But why, is something wrong? She could feel the beat of her own heart.
“No, I’m not able to keep the table any longer. The note you put inside was read by me.
Why are you not interested in keeping it?
I believe you deserve to keep this table after discovering that it belonged to your father and that he gave it to you for Christmas following the passing of your mother, the man said with a smile. “I can’t take this table from you; it represents your father’s love.”
“Umm… However, we are unable to refund your money, Dakota remarked as she cast her gaze to the ground. “We used it to purchase Dad’s medications.”
Be at ease, Dakota! The man answered, “I won’t ask you for the money. “I hope your father recovers quickly! Look after him.
The man handed Dakota the field hockey table and walked away. The girls told their father about what happened since they couldn’t believe it.
“What a nice dude,” you say. thought Matthew.
Matthew’s health got better over time, and he soon recovered his strength. He lived long enough to witness the marriage and procreation of his daughters.
On the same table that once saved his life, Matthew taught his grandchildren how to play table hockey decades later.