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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Festive Season


I'm going to stick with my self- imposed pattern of not posting controversial comments or blogs during the holidays. I'll probably use this time to catch up on my reading and doing other things to keep myself occupied during the festive season. It's going to take some will power because I'm itching to write a blog about last night's interesting debate.

As most of you know my only living sister lost her son recently, so my thoughts are with her and her family. Thoughts keep going through my mind on how best to wish her a Happy Thanksgiving without dredging up old wounds. I'm sure they will be sad, so there's probably not an appropriate time to make that call. Perhaps I should wait for her to call me but will that be selfish of me? This is just another one of life's problems where the answer is not in a handbook.

I don't know where the respect for the holidays became a natural part of my life. Perhaps it was that lecture I used to get from my parents about being nice to my irritating cousins. I remember the holidays being some of the best days to work because there was the double time and 1/2 pay, the supervisors and the annoying paper pushers were off, and we always had a table full of goodies to munch on. We also had limited duties but working with happy coworkers was the icing on the cake. When I built up enough seniority, I didn't see much of that because I would save my vacation and take off the whole month of December and the first week of January.

Perhaps I'm just getting older, and I want the world to slow down but it seems to me that this year went by extra fast. I know part of that is because I'm on Medicare, so my doctor thinks that I need to get tested for this and that, so he can eliminate some ailments that I don't have, but the symptoms may be similar to something else. There seems to be a machine or a specialist for all those tests. I know if I were paying cash, my doctor would have used his first assumption. It's not his fault because, if I was ever misdiagnosed, the board would've asked for the reasons I was not tested for this and that. It's a vicious circle, of which we don't have a clear answer for.

Happy Thanksgiving All


Mike said...

Wow,my wife just told me tamales were selling for $11 a dozen.

The last ones my mom sold went for $4.50 about 4 years ago,and she was  embarrassed asking for that much but under our  advisement ,she went along....I don't think masa,corn chucks,chili powder and other ingredients went up that much....I think it's a simple case of supply and demand.

Sugar Magnolia said...

Mike, I really think you should call your sister just to let her know you are thinking of her and she and her family are not forgotten. Holiday is about family, and even though she has lost part of hers, you remain and are her brother; never underestimate those ties.

Have a good Thanksgiving, Mike.

Mike said...

Thank you very much,Sugar ,and in two hours I will call my sister.

Happy Thanksgiving

Edith Ann said...

It has been a busy day, folks in, folks out, too much food!

I trust you and your family had a splendid day.

Mike said...

Splendid indeed,Cowboys win with a field goal ,no time left on the clock and the Longhorns did the same thing 5 hours later.

We had a small family gathering and yes ,we had a great Thanksgiving.