Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday December 18, 2009
The kids are finishing their last day of school for the semester. Some had finals, some had parties. All celebrated.
I enjoy seeing the grandkids reactions during this time of year. It always makes me smile. It's been a while, but I have fond memories of this time of year. It was always filled with anticipation, hope, great food and fellowship with our family. It was a large gathering at our tiny house, when all the brothers, sisters, in laws, nephews, nieces, etc. showed up. I remember eating in shifts.
There was a period of time in my adult life when I struggled to evade depression during the holidays. Over twenty five years in law enforcement can do that to your psyche. It seemed, during that period of my life, that people were more determined to hurt each other than to celebrate the birth of Christ. As trying as it was, I tried to remember to love them anyway. Thanks to retirement, grandkids, an angel of a wife, and the grace of God, I have overcome that period of sadness.
The photo included is of the Canton, Mississippi court house, with it's holiday decorations.