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Rain, rain go away. Come back the end of July, or maybe August. If only we could pick and choose the type of weather we want on specific days or times of the year. Just like we can't prevent a blizzard in winter, we can not stop the rain from falling or not falling, the wind from blowing or even the bright sun from shining. As we look at our flooded fields and drive over the squishy roads, we need to remember that come July and August, we may be wishing for a bit of this excess moisture. Our lush green grass that is now too wet to mow, could be very dry and brown by that time.
There have been many times in my life when I have had this sudden feeling of deja vu. I can be talking to someone, doing or watching something and I suddenly feel like I have done that exact thing before. I just know that this is not the first time I am experiencing it. At first, this would freak me out as I wracked my brain trying to remember when or even how I did it before.
Occasionally in the winter, I have the opportunity to stay overnight in hotels. Sometimes it is for celebrations and at other times just for relaxation. Whenever I check into a hotel, I wonder if I will actually be able to get some sleep that night. The main reason I worry is because so many times, people are very disrespectful of others who are staying in the same hotel. A recent visit turned out to be one of those times. Our family was staying at a hotel in the Twin Cities area and celebrating our grandson's seventh birthday.
Sometimes it feels like we are living in the world of the Jetsons. The space age cartoon popular in the 1960's portrayed a family with all the modern conveniences creative minds could imagine for the future. They flew around on personal space craft, made meals with the touch of a button, had a robot maid named Rosie and walked the dog, Astro, on a continually spinning canvas pad. Who would have ever imagined that in a matter of a few decades inventors would come up with products very similar to those used by the Jetsons and.
I often have to stop and wonder what we ever did without cell phones. For that matter, as we adjust and accept each new product on the market, how we lived without any of the new gadgets. However, when it comes to cell phones, things really were quite different and not all the changes have been for the better. Before cell phones, we had to be more organized and observant. When we traveled or went somewhere with other people, it was necessary to set a time and place to meet up. At shopping malls, you simply had to designate where you would meet and then work to be there at a set time.
It really doesn't take much to ruin or save a day. A simple comment, look or action can make a person's day go either way. I've had it happen to me many times and do my best to try to avoid being the one to ruin a day for someone else. It is so much better to make their day. Recently I had a person make my day simply with a short card of thanks. A wonderful, thoughtful person took the time to send me a note and thank me for the work I do and things I write.
I enjoy attending the annual Spelling Bee when it is held at the school. It is fun to watch the young boys and girls spell those challenging words and realize how much they have learned in their short lives. Spelling Bees in my youth were different. We actually had a spell-off or bee in our own classroom and after winning that you went on to compete with other class winners within the school. The school winner would then compete at a county bee.
Our lives are really not our own. Even though we may feel that we have total control over our own life, the reality is that we don't own that control. Our life is closely intertwined and meshed with others in ways that mean every decision we make, every move we take and every person we know is connected in some way to another. When we make our choices in life it is bound to affect someone. Naturally it will affect those closest to us, our family and friends, but it can also affect total strangers. For that reason it is important to put a lot of thought and consideration into our choices.
I believe in Santa Claus At this time of year it is easy to believe in things unseen, unknown and sometimes, just plain unbelievable. When it comes to certain things, like Santa Claus, believing is a form of hope, joy, love and wonder. All you need to do to believe in the concept of Santa is to look at a child when they sit on his lap or read the letters they write. Each is filled with emotions strong and hopeful. Even though they can't quite understand the entire concept, they still believe. This faith in the unknown and unseen is important as children grow into adulthood.
Christmas is coming whether we are ready or not. Now that Thanksgiving is over we are officially in the Christmas season. It doesnt really matter if we are ready for it, the days before this blessed holiday are steadily getting fewer. For me it came up rather quickly. It seems that fall and hunting season are just over (I did not get a deer this year) and I am still packing away all the clothes and other items needed from those weeks.