December 26, 2019-
It was one of the nicest Christmas gatherings I’ve attended, in many years. The weather was spotty, with flakes flying through the air, but not sticking. We did wake up to a smidgen of snow on the ground, but it quickly dissolved into the dry soil. Nonetheless, it’s always the camaraderie that makes the difference, regardless of weather, and those of us who knew each other beforehand, quickly found even more friends, yesterday evening.
Today was similar, weatherwise, but different in focus. I took care of a couple of errands, in Scottsdale and in Phoenix, while Yunhee checked an outlet mall, north of town. We headed back before the predicted snow got going, and made it back with no issues. She got to enjoy another of my favourite local eateries: Bill’s Grill, before we went back to our respective lairs.
The days after Christmas, when I was growing up, were either our time to get into the toys and games we received, and learn their rules and proper usage. I also spent a goodly amount of time with the Connect-the-Dots and colouring books that came in my Christmas stocking. Sometimes, life seemed to get under our parents’ skin, in the last week of the year, and I began to be concerned, especially as a teen, that maybe all this holiday business was taking on the trappings of a second full-time job, for Mom especially, when in my opinion, she worked hard enough, during the rest of the year. It struck me that this greyness was the cost of all the Reds and Greens, even the White.
Time has gone by, and the greyness no longer much registers. Instead, there is this sense that each day, having within itself a kernel of brightness, transcends whatever dullness is outwardly covering our midst. So, whatever the humdrum rigmarole that must be settled, in the last few business days of the year, it can carry with it a portion of the joy, that the day which immediately preceded it, has imparted to us all, even if we accept it grudgingly. Ebenezer learned this, and so have countless others.