Monday, December 1, 2008

View from the Back Seat

View from the Back Seat

December 1st. It doesn’t seem like another year has almost escaped me. Where has it gone and what have I done with this year? There are a little more than 30 days left in 2008 and fewer still before Christmas.

On Sunday morning my dear husband and I awoke to a snow-covered panorama. The three darling Christmas Trees and row of Candy Canes my daughter and son-in-law placed in their front yard twinkled gaily in the gray morning light, reflecting brightly on the snow covered yard. The sky was gloomy and overcast as the snow slowly drifted down, coating everything with powdery white stuff.

It was 6:00 o’clock in the morning in the town of Terre Haute, Indiana and we were up early to pack our car and say our goodbyes. The fragrant smell of cinnamon oatmeal and toast drifted through the quiet house. We padded to the kitchen and picked our way through breakfast, chatting merrily about the mounds of leftovers tucked away in the refrigerator, another Thanksgiving slipping into the family history book. Kisses all around, a family hug, and then we were driving on Interstate 70 toward home.

So were about 60,000 other travelers! About 30,000 were traveling west on Interstate 70; the other 30,000 were traveling east. Our two lanes of the interstate looked like the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The only difference, most of the cars were moving about 75 miles an hour. Traffic was heavy and everyone was heading home to Kansas, or thereabouts.

With every hello, there is a goodbye and farewell; a coming and a going; a time for joy and a time for a little sorrow. We will miss the shopping with my daughter and son-in-law on “Black Friday”. I can truly say that they personally boosted the sagging economy on their own, because they bought a new car!

As the end of the year draws to a close, each of us has a some time left to reflect on the things we did, or in some cases, didn’t do. But, by God’s glorious grace, we can make use of the time we have left before we mark the beginning of another year! Right now, I am making my end-of-the-year “bucket” list and will get it done. Until next time, take care and God bless. Vicky

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