Today it seems I’m all about the amazingly sad but beautiful stories, and this one is no different.
Caleb Sigmon is a 22 year old who loves to play Santa. He recently posted on facebook about an incident on facebook where a young father approached him with a framed picture of his infant son, asking for one picture of his boy with Santa Claus. Caleb wrote;
“Stories From The Big Chair:
A man walked in today holding something in his arms. “I have a request,” he said, turning around this picture frame. He took a moment. “My son passed away, last year.” He choked up and couldn’t finish his sentence. The entire photo set was silent. I said, “Absolutely.” Without anyone saying anything, he handed me the frame and I placed it on my knee. In the photo, I could see on the little boy’s armband that his first name was Hayden. I didn’t ask any questions, but I am guessing that this is his first photo with Santa. The camera snap was the only sound I could hear through the entire mall. Normally, I hear all kinds of music and sounds, but it was absolutely silent. After a handful of clicks, we walked over to the screen and he pointed, saying, “That’s the one.” The girl working the computer printed him a full photo package and he pulled out his wallet, saying that this was going to be his gift to his wife. We gave him the printed package, telling him that it was a gift and that we would be praying for his family, this Christmas. He grabbed my hand and pulled me in and hugged me, then turned around and left. As he walked out, we all had tears in their eyes. I’m sharing this to remind us all that Christmastime is unbelievably hard for some families. Pray for the brokenhearted. Smile at people. Just be kind. Love one another.”
The Today Show posted that the father was Kyle Daniel and that his infant son, Hayden, died last year, just a few days before his first Christmas. As a gift to his wife Sasha, Kyle wanted to have a picture of Hayden taken with Santa.
The Daniel’s, who are now 15 weeks pregnant with their second child, told TODAY that they are grateful to Sigmon for telling the story, but surprised at how viral it has become.
“We are really surprised about it becoming viral,” said Daniel. “I think it has touched so many people because of what (Sigmon) did. It was an act of kindness — more people need to be kind to each other.”
It definitely shows you that you should always try to be kind because you never know what someone might be going through. Well done again Santa.