Rantings and Ravings
Three days left until Christmas day. There are still a few parties to attend, family to gather and presents to wrap for many of us. But actually the bulk of the preparation is starting to wind down.
I attended the Christmas program for my grand daughter last week. She is in kindergarten now. It was funny to watch her march into the classroom and search the small crowd until she spotted us. Her worried look turned into a broad smile and her life was good.
The kids sang songs in their off-key voices and it was good. But, knowing that her mom was not there to see what her baby was growing up and becoming left me sad inside.
Instead of focusing on the smiling faces singing warbling their way through "Santa Claus is coming to Town." I began thinking about the kids who would wake up Christmas morning without their parents for many reasons.
For some it will be because parents made bad choices and the kids were in danger staying with them. For some it may be that the parent chose to serve their country and are deployed. Death and illness have separated others.
As the singers drew to the end of the little performance, I shook out of my funk and laughed as most of the kids proudly wove their way around the room delivering their homemade presents to us.
They told us not to open them until Christmas and then took them back and opened them so we could see what was in them. It was very heartwarming to watch the kids feel important and special as they served us sugar donuts and juice.
There certainly are a lot of children in this community that need help at Christmas. I have done what I can to make sure some of them get something under their trees. Our family is just a little piece of the big effort that goes on in this area every year. Personally, I need to accept that I can't fix every social ill and protect every child.
So I will focus on doing what I can. I will make an effort to be just a bit more involved in programs that I believe will make a difference. I hope to instill that feeling of being part of the solution to my grandchildren. I know that my girls understand that, as they are involved in volunteering in their own areas.
Being socially active is what keeps our country strong. Volunteering for and donating to causes you think will help shape society for the better is an American tradition. If we are struggling as a nation, then be part of the solution in any way you can.
And my wish for all of you is that you have joy and happiness in your life this Christmas and for a long time to come.