David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Past

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.

2 comments:

  1. It is good to remember. I hope that next year is a better year. I know it will be - you've started blogging! Welcome to a great community of genea-bloggin' friends. I look forward to following you.

    :)

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  2. First of all, I love your blog! Great job! Second, holidays are tough. For me, they are a reminder of those who aren't here anymore. I agree with you that looking back to the past is a way to remember times that were simpler and happier. Also, finding out that our ancestor's lives weren't as simple as we'd like to think they were is comforting, too. To know they,too, had some of the same difficulties puts things into perspective.

    Caroline

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