Happy Merry Everything!
by adg on Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:51 am
It's snowing off and on here. In other words, it's getting to be that of year again. Marti and I are still holed up at the farm like we have been since June. And as the weather closes in I'm remembering what it was like before the years we'd head south. There's things I miss about being on the river in Sebastian, FL. The warm breezes, the creatures in or around the water, the palm trees, and mostly the friendly folks I've come to know. But, there's things I also love about being in the hills, on the mountain, near the little towns and villages that have been home since the late 1960s.

The accounts on the news paint a dire picture of the season, with more and more people having to deal with the raging pandemic, filled hospitals, and losing loved ones. That's pretty much true everywhere. So for now, we're staying where we are, snow and all. It's a good time to communicate online via the internet, although we've had some problems with that too. Like most everyone I know, we're making the best of it. Although for many friends, the best of it isn't saying much.

That being said, it is that time of year - the holidays - when we remember what hopes and dreams are made of. I am remaining hopeful, but vigilant. I remember the story I used to tell onstage about meeting my old and dear friend, who was also a distant cousin - Hoyt Axton. He had a look in his eyes that said he wasn't looking for trouble, but wasn't necessarily trying to avoid it either. I'm feeling a little like that myself these days. It's going to take some hope but also some vigilance to get through the holidays, and beyond the new year.

It'll take some good old fashioned good will among people of all persuasions political, and otherwise. That's what the holiday songs and stories are in some ways about. Good will. That means you go out of your way to be friendly, even if you don't particularly feel that way.

I love the holidays, the smiling faces of little kids. It makes me want to go and and play in the snow. And this year I may get to actually do that for the first time in a very long time. So, despite the struggles, the calamities, the craziness and the trepidation I'm looking ahead to better days for everyone.

Happy Merry Everything to all...

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