Go ahead and call it whatever you want, it isn’t a big deal. What matters is how you spend it and who you spend it with.
I spent it with my family, and although we opened presents at a nursing facility (my father is recuperating from a spinal surgery), we were together. At least for the most part, as my sister couldn’t make it on account of an illness.
Still, even with his recovery from a major spinal surgery, father was playing with my nephew and niece, and congratulating them on their Christmas gifts, almost as he did before the surgery.
All told, it would have been better if father had been home and if everyone had been able to make it, but it could easily have been worse, and his condition is improving, however slowly.
There’s been enough medical drama, and I think I and the rest of my family have had our fill of it.
With all that, at least there weren’t any thefts, burgarlies or break-ins on our respective properties over the weekend.
On that note, I feel required to comment on the recent break-ins here, especially the copper thefts at two churches.
It’s a common enough theft, especially in recent years, but it seems particularly low when it happens to a church, and I don’t see copper thefts decreasing in regularity any time soon, at least not on a national scale. And with the economy as bad as it is, I don’t see thefts in general decreasing in frequency on a large scale, either.
On the other hand, our most recent sheriff does seem to have taken an active role against thefts in general in the county, and the meetings in Linton and more recently Rockcastle will probably do at least some good.
One of the tips to come out of the Rockcastle meeting was to avoid declaring your whereabouts on the Internet, especially on social networking sites like Facebook. On top of being kind of a security risk (i.e., people seeing that you aren’t at home and then breaking in), it always seemed to be an example of too much information to tell the entire western world where you’re going. And don’t even get me started on Twitter.
My original point was that some good information has undoubtedly come from these meetings, and the sheriff has said he wants to hold more of them. Good on him.
The new year is approaching, and many are making resolutions, and it’s a fair bet that a sizable portion of those resolutions will not be realised, if we’re being honest with ourselves.
My resolution is to try to hold myself to whatever resolution I end up making. Barring that, I suppose I could resolve to not make any New Years resolutions.
Franklin Clark is a reporter for the Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.