When Meghan and I went to Seattle right before Christmas, there was one thing I forgot to add into my post about our trip over on the ferry that bears mentioning.
There was what looked to be a Middle-Eastern family near us on the boat who were carrying presents. I believe it was the mom and dad and three kids. Between them they had about 6 presents wrapped up – green paper and red bows – and they looked to be plastic containers from the looks of them. I wondered if they were baked goods. We got off the ferry behind the family and they ventured onward to their gathering.
Well, so we thought.
We caught up with them on the street past the ferry terminal along the waterfront and just as we did the first homeless guy they saw they went up to him and presented him one of these presents. They homeless guy was caught by surprise and he smiled in a way that you know he was really touched by the gesture.
It made me smile inside and out (it was hard NOT to) and I mentioned it to Meghan in case she didn’t see what was happening (it was quite busy around us at that moment). The look on the homeless man’s face was one of surprise and sheer joy, and he thanked the family. You could easily tell he was touched by it and was grateful. You know, it was pretty awesome to see people do something like that – the spirit of giving so freely to a total stranger, and giving to someone who was in need. It was heart-warming to see parents teaching their kids these things.
It was also good to see people teaching the REST of us around them those things…
I find political correctness revolting, and especially so this time of year. My personal beliefs should not matter to you, as yours do not matter to me.
It IS Christmas. That is what the holiday is called. It doesn’t matter if you are a believer or not – it is still called Christmas. Need another example? July 4th is NOT called “Firecracker Day”, or “Beer and Wieners Day”. It is called “Independence Day”. Stop calling them “Holiday Parties”, and the “Holiday Tree”. They never WERE those, and they never will be.
It should not matter what your race or nationality is, if you are young or old, rich or poor, Atheist, Muslim or Christian… whatever anyone is in any number of qualities. It is what makes us all individuals, and we should accept each other as we are.
I simply wish for the world to become a better, more peaceful place.
Wow… this year has flown by at an alarming pace! So many things have happened in my life in the first few months of this year I sometimes wonder how I was able to get through it with any thread of sanity left (and I know many of you who would question that comment!).
It has been a great year actually. It was quite trying at times, but I made it and am better than before. I decided to start hitting the rec center and it is starting to become noticeable. I feel better, my arms are getting bigger (no… not like Popeye), and I am just in overall getting back in better shape. It feels pretty good. I cannot afford insurance, and my special cholesterol meds are very expensive (plus I have not found a doctor here yet to write me a scrip) so I need to get even more healthy and stay healthy. I cannot take Lipitor… even without the glass in the pills – it messes with my muscles.
It is hard to believe that another year is rapidly coming to a close. It seems that the older I get the faster they go. It could slow down a bit and I would be good with it. I guess I do not need to write a Christmas update letter to anyone – they can just look at the blog to get my story this year. It would wear me out to write everything all down again, and I really do not care to relive many parts of it. Life for me has gotten a fresh start and this new chapter is what I am working on now.
So, if you want to see some of what has gone on with me this year, go to the first posts and you will get an idea. If you don’t I still really appreciate you taking the time to read (and like or follow!) any of my posts. I try to make things interesting for readers – I would like for you to tell others and keep coming back, so I need to keep it interesting, lively, and as fun as I can.