Sorry for the ridiculous subject line. No, I don’t have a joke to go with that, but we’re fully into that flurry of a season where large birds sacrifice themselves for our over-eating, a possibly mythical large man leaves gifts and a new year reminds us we’ve gotten older, and hopefully wiser.
And then the season ends. Just like that.
I’ll be about the 4,700th writer (today!) who has wished you well, issued thanks and done some sympathetic best guess at which of your heartstrings to pluck. Yet – at the risk of pouring brown gravy on your otherwise bright mood – I’d like to share other wishes you don’t hear quite as often.
It ain’t all happiness out there. This time of year tends to both mask pain and remind people that things aren’t quite like their dreams. Some families have real crises, illnesses, deep-seeded resentments, money problems, trust issues. Many eat turkey alone. Some while in a room full of people.
Somewhere in your gratefulness this season, I hope you can find a place for those who suffer.
My mother’s last few Holidays were somber events. She’d done some relationship damage in her antagonistic past, often just for entertainment, but now the damage was hers to bear. A few visitors and watch-watching well-wishers filled their obligatory rounds. She was smart enough to realize not just what was happening, but more acutely what wasn’t. Burned bridges make holiday visits harder.
Well, until this happens.
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McCormick Electrical Services Inc.
North Liberty, IN