AUSTIN — Tucked in the middle of Broadmoor Drive, there's a Christmas display unlike any on the block. It's a giant display with a powerful message.
It's a 12-foot Christmas letter.
"Between a little boy and Santa," said Marj Wormald, one member of the group who put up the display.
"Talking to Santa about a difficult time that he's having."
But Wormald isn't alone, she had help from Caro Doffay who now lives in Austin. She started the project six years ago in Chicago. These two were also helped by Laura Gilmore, who lives in Chicago, and Randal Kuykendall, who helped build the 12-foot microscope to go alongside the letter.
The first letter was written the Christmas after the Sandy Hook School shooting. Doffay said she couldn't light up happy lights that year so she wrote a letter instead. Each year the letter changes and is written by either Bobby or Santa. This year was Bobby's turn.
Here's a look at the letter in its entirety:
The best thing happened!
Well at first I was feeling really sad tonight about how I can't remember what moms eyes look like anymore. What if Dr. Holland is right about her coma and I won't ever get to see her eyes again? I was holding moms hand and explaining to her about how something super tiny has a power to move a star up in the sky. I was telling her how the microscope is teaching me to see how tiny stuff and giant stuff is connected. Just then I thought mom squeezed my hand just as a shooting star shot across the sky. I thought maybe I felt it wrong but then her eye lashes started to move and then she opened her eyes and we got to say hi for just a second before she fell back asleep.
Dr. Holland wouldn't believe me, but Kristine did and made him do a scan and he just came in with the other doctors and they said it was a miracle said it was a spontaneous remission. I don't know how to spell it but it means her cancer is gone!!! Santa she is waking up and the whole floor of nurses and doctors are smiling with us. The shooting stars are sparkling in the Sky and Mom brain is sparking back to life!
Thanks for the Asabov microscope. I feel bad because I stopped believing in magic and goodness but now I know magic is real again. I'm not crying because I'm sad I'm crying because I can feel the shooting stars in my heart."
Even after reading the letter time after time, Wormald can't get past it.
"I mean I've read it a million times and I just got choked up this time," said Wormald.
A meaning beyond words because sometimes it's the small things that change the bigger ones. And for those behind the piece, they're just hoping even on the darkest nights, there's always a little light.