The other day I was shopping with my 2-year-old son, and as we often do, we ended up in the toy section. Dylan and I walked the aisles, and he picked up toy after toy. Each of which flashed a series of colorful lights and spoke, made sound effects or played music when you pushed a button.
He particularly enjoyed a rocket ship that counted down, lit up, and then made noises like it was blasting off.
Another favorite was a mechanical Mickey Mouse that played music as the figure hit his hands on a drum and danced.
So many times in life we tend to take the good things for granted. Our
family, children, friends, homeâŠthe list goes on and on. Certain
people become so much a part of us that we think theyâll always be
there when we need them. We donât ever stop to think, âWhat would
happen if I lost all of this?â
We only think of what we had when itâs goneâŠand then itâs too late.
The truth is, we should never take anything for granted. Not a single
person and not a single day. Yes, everyone knows this. But sometimes,
weâre reminded in ways weâd rather not be.
My wife saw two deer, one on each side of the road. Without knowing it, she solved one of the worldâs age-old mysteries.
It was one of those moments when a scene plays out, but later the full depth of the incident weaves its way into our brain and that single moment becomes something much different that it appeared to be on the surface.
For several years the Courier has included in its Thanksgiving edition comments from local residents telling what they are most thankful for in this season in which we emphasize our blessings.
This year the focus was on school children, who certainly shared some interesting thoughts. You expect them to say, "I'm thankful for my my mamma, my daddy, my dog, my cat, my grandma, my grandpa, my house ... "
On and on and so forth.
Kids can surprise you, though. One little boy's answer was a real zinger. He said he was thankful "for calendars."
Since this is a holiday I think perhaps Iâll let technology rest a week or so and use this space to talk about what makes Thanksgiving great âŠ.. SPORTS!
Well âŠ that may be cheating just a bit (grin). Many years ago when I was a student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro the Indians were a football power in their league. The Indians has Bill Bergey as quarterback and he helped put quite a few points on the scoreboard and made the Tribe one of the most respected teams in the Southland Conference.
Holidays and catastrophes seem to walk hand in hand. When else does everything go as far awry as it does when you're in a hurry, behind with the meal and guests are about to stare you in the eye?
The other day we were sharing accounts of our Thanksgiving horror moments and I, of course, could not resist reviewing the crisis that occurred at our house a number of Thanksgivings ago.
The incident has appeared in this space before, but it just is hard to top, so here it goes one more time. (And maybe another later on. After all, it is my column.)
It is funny how simple things we take for granted can have a rather interesting history if we just knew it. For example, the other day I was thinking of all the tasks our family used to do in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner. My job was usually to polish the silver. To relieve the drudgery, I used to wonder about who thought up the designs for the pieces of tableware. Not long ago I finally got around to looking it up. It is kind of interesting.
Is it possible to be thankful and guarded at the same time? In today's multi-tasking society I suppose it is possible, but is it practical? Wise? Healthful? In my opinion, the answer to each is a resounding no.
Being thankful requires an open-heart and a grateful perspective, neither of which can be maintained under the strain of negativity.
Being thankful requires the ability and desire to see the good in all things, even when the temptation to focus on the evil is compelling and familiar.
âLincolnâ is not a movie about the legend of the president who freed the slaves. Instead, it is a real interpretation of events and it takes a look at a man that struggled to pass the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery. It looks at a man who had obscure war powers which allowed him to bend the rules of law. It is also about a man who had to contend with his emotionally unstable wife, had to contend with a Congress that was not on his side and a man who also had a penchant for telling stories.
I don't remember what I was doing or where I was, but I do know what was said: In a conversation involving several people, someone recently said she had heard that the fashion industry planned to revive fashions of the 1970s.
Deliver me from this happening, please.
Fashions do make their entrance, bow out and return in another decade, but the '70s? Clothes were ugly then.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, just look at retro TV shows and you'll understand.
We're talking polyester. Leisure suits. Wide-legged jeans. Colors that make you gag.