MJ and I spent the bulk of yesterday car shopping. It had been nearly 12 years since our last foray into the deep and dark woods of acquiring a new means of conveyance. We have a rich history of holding on to our vehicles for many years… The last new automobile that we purchased was in 1999! The first Subaru that we test drove had a feature that when engaged…virtually drives the SUV for you! Now I am sure that this knowledge is commonplace to most of you and that many of you have a vehicle that performs this amazing function on a regular basis…but for MJ and I it was a bit like the Flintstones visiting the Jetsons!
Cold has been the name of the game in our neck of the woods for the past few days. Winter has arrived along with the holiday decorations and Christmas Trees…and the Laughing Santa… Life has been so stressful for millions across our planet as we seek a hiding place for our 2020 pandemic. Often we do not realize the toll that the majority of this year has taken on us as we have watched friends and loved ones become ill…and succumb to the virus.
The United Kingdom will begin vaccinating some of their citizens next week! This is wonderful news! We are turning the corner of the road out of the darkness of Covid-19…and on the horizon….is light…
I have met a lot of people in my life…and most of them were good folk! Many more of my fellow human beings have endeavored to help me…than to hurt me… I have had some share of struggles, but the good has always outweighed the bad. Many of the worries that kept me up at night…evaporated with the morning mist. There are always helpers… In dark moments there is someone who cares about you and who wishes you good health and prosperity and peace.
As we drove home I listened to Bing Crosby sing White Christmas…and I remembered so many Christmases past. I remembered driving to Salem, Illinois to enjoy Christmas dinner with our family…and Aaron and Jonathon were much younger….and at the conclusion of the celebration we drove to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to spend some holiday enjoyment with our dear friends, Faye and Steve. I had the goal to arrive at Gatlinburg before midnight of Christmas. I vividly recall standing on the balcony of the condo that we had rented and looking at the lights of the city…and the smoke on the mountains… Have you ever noticed that the smell of a new car…is intoxicating?