The contest always pitted whoever was sitting on the left side of the car (counting trees on the left) vs. those riding on right side.
Many people this time of year often reminisce about their loved ones that are gone.
The mere hanging of ornaments on the Christmas tree brings back thoughts of years past. Not just Christmastime memories, but also recollections of daily activities, lessons learned, happiness, sorrow, hope.
Memories of my parents, Doris and Lloyd, range from my kindergarten days, to their final words to me while they were in their hospital beds. Memories such as my dad’s regular Saturday night hamburger cookout, my mother playing her favorite songs on the piano when she could squeeze in the time, and the summer we drove from Orlando to Alaska in a VW van.
Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas and which is the first “season” of the Christian church year, is the time to prepare for the coming celebration. But it always seems at this stage of life – at my age, anyway – that that preparation time passes all too quickly, the event occurs, and it’s on to something else that now is pressing.
Isn’t life like that too often? Hurry up and wait. Finish this project and start the next thing.
Over this holiday season, I hope you take the time to enjoy your family and friends. Maybe you’ll even make some new friends.
And try not to let the time slip by without making some new memories – for yourself and perhaps for someone else – to recall in the years to come.
OK, time’s up
We mentioned a few weeks ago about a $2 bill that a passerby found downtown and turned into the Herald in case someone came by looking for it.
We thought it was a long shot at the time that anyone would realize where and when they lost a $2 bill and be able to prove it, but we told the finder that we’d keep it here for a while. He said he didn’t want it back, and we could do whatever we wanted with it if nobody picked it up.
Well, all this time it has been taped to our front counter, and nobody claimed it.
So, on Friday it was dropped into a Salvation Army kettle.
Say that again?
Here’s a reminder to send in your words for our new local pronunciation guide. Does it bug you that people can’t say Econlockhatchee River? Or mispronounce Efes Turkish Cuisine? How about Timacuan?
We’re compiling a list of names of community people, places and things that are sometimes mangled when they’re spoken…and we need your help.
Please send me your suggestions for the list by the end of the year so we can create the guide to share with everyone.
Comments can be sent to Herald publisher Gene Kruckemyer at GKruckemyer@MySanfordHerald.com.