Friday, January 25, 2013

There Go I


On Christmas Day these events I observed:

A lone man shivering and looking at his feet while waiting for a bus
Cold rain falling on an overloaded pick-up truck as it moved belongings from one abode to another
The sound of an ambulance coming from a near-by assisted living complex

Christmas tree lot with many unsold trees, all unattended
A single car parked at McDonalds

On the freeway, a car with a flat tire and a woman with children inside waiting for the tow truck

On Christmas Day these events I experienced:

My granddaughters in their pajamas, opening gifts, squealing with delight

My grandson (six months old) sitting in my lap, chewing on his favorite finger

Laughter from my family




Holding my husband’s hand

But for a twist of chance or fortune, I/we could have been in the first list.  In fact, we have been on that list at one time or another.  What about you?  What did you see on Christmas Day?  Have you ever been in one of those spots?


  1. I remember one Christmas, on our way home from family, passing a lot with one lone tree in it and a sign 'free to a good home'. I have always been blessed to be in the second list.

    1. I wonder if anyone took up the offer? Like to think so.

  2. Never really left the house, so didn't see much. But yeah one little twist of fate and it could be a rough date.

  3. Seeing a person even older than me at the check-out with hardly anything in the shopping basket.

  4. I was fortunate to be home most of the day with my family, feeling very grateful for the kinds of things you've mentioned on the second list.

  5. For the first time in years, we had a Christmas where no one was throwing up. It's the little things in life that you appreciate.

    1. I can hear that one! We had cases of sniffles, but no vomiting.

  6. I wasn't there because we were half a continent away, but my best friend's mother passed away on Christmas morning in 1994. Barb was there when Wanita took her last breath after fighting emphezema for years.

    I've been blessed to have so much on the second list sans the as-yet-unborn grandchildren.

  7. Hi Susan,

    Such a thoughtful posting. On Christmas Day I stayed online for most of the day, to be there for the sad, the lonely, or if somebody wanted to chat, anyway. It was a empowering distraction for someone like me who spends the day devoid of human company. Thank heavens for Penny the Jack Russell. I am grateful for all I have.

    Have a peaceful weekend, my friend.


  8. I've been very blessed in that my Christmases have generally been lovely. I had one not-so-lovely one a long time ago, but all the others have been wonderful. Just getting to spend time with family and see delight in my children's faces is wonderful, and it's been such a joy to see how my childhood traditions and my husband's childhood traditions have formed our own traditions for our family now. :)

    P.S. Oh, you had replied to my blog post on editing and asked me to email you, but I can't find an email address for you anywhere. If you would still like information, feel free to email me at :)

  9. So true, for every positive there is a negative. It's good to remember those who are less fortunate, for sure, especially at a time when most of us are indulging in the best things of life. Nice post.

  10. I felt blessed at Christmas staying home with my husband and dogs. We had been invited to my BIL's house but decided to stay home instead and just be cozy. I missed my dog and my bird that died last year. I have spent many Christmases alone, but never minded, being fortunate to enjoy myself by myself very much. Don't know where I get that from but it's a gift, for sure.

  11. Dear Susan, on Christmas day I was with family and enjoyed a wonderful meal. In December, on my on-line memoir, I posted about a couple of important Christmases in my life. I really can't remember a Christmas as an adult in which I was stranded or in great need or want. My life truly has been blessed and your posting today helped me realize that. Thank you.

    I've been away from reading and commenting on blogs for the past six weeks. So I'm sure I've missed some important things you've blogged about, Susan. If there are some postings you'd especially like me to read, please e-mail me the URLs or insert them in the comment box on my blog. Peace.

  12. What a powerful post. I was fortunate to be with my family on Christmas and need to remember how lucky I am to be able to say that.

    Hope you've had a nice weekend, Susan. :)


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