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This week at the grocery store was very interesting. Revealing, too. ‘Twas the week before Christmas and women of all shapes and sizes were scurrying about looking for bargains. While “Senior Day” is usually reserved for old humanoids, there were many younger ones co-mingling. Actually, it was a dream come true for this ole man because some of them were pretty good lookin’. BUT, there was a problem…...very few were smiling…...very few appeared happy. Stress was in the air. I wondered where their men-folk might have been but then I realized that I was amongst the “wardens” who ran most households. It became obvious that these women, our nation’s keepers, were stressed. They were short on time, short on money, short on ideas, and short on patience. They were preparing for their families to enjoy what has become just about the greatest “Family Day” of the year.
We each have our own journey in life; and, that journey takes us through all the human emotions ~ from happiness to sadness, from expectation and anticipation to dread, and from tears of joy to tears of grief. At one time or another, each of us will experience every emotion possible. One of God’s gifts to us is the ability to “emote.” It seemed to me, in the grocery store, that people were stressed about all the chores and planning and preparation for their families. Families and Christmas go together. Weave into that the reason for Christmas, the celebration of the gift of a baby that created a family and Christianity. It should be a time to smile and maybe even to grin. It should not be a chore to be with and love your family at Christmas time. When you frown, or feel stressed about the prospect, please remember that some of us will be alone on that wonderful day. It is a part of our journey. Please hug your spouse and each member of your family. You never know when you will never see them again.
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