Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This has been a difficult year in the life of my family. Like every year, we have experienced deaths of loved ones, various illnesses, job losses, and the like. But this year, we have also encountered the recent, unexpected break-up of two family marriages. Christmas this year is painful in many ways. Is it any wonder that we find comfort in looking back at what seems like a simpler time and place? This is a photograph of my mother and me in the house where I grew up. I was blessed with incredibly loving and supportive parents and two older brothers who were protective and with whom I usually got along. I'm sure that my parents had problems and worries like everyone does, but if they did, they certainly didn't show it. I can remember a Christmas when the employees of NCR, the company where my father was employed, went on strike and my parents had gone through all of their savings. My parents did everything they could to still provide us a merry Christmas. I am so grateful that my parents invested in movie and still cameras and that they documented those past Christmas mornings so fully. During times like these, it's good to look back and remember.