Wednesday Hodgepodge: 20-22 December 2017

Yeah, I missed last week, and I'm late this week.   At least everyone's taking next week off.  :)

The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. Where have you found unexpected magic or delight this holiday season?

As frequent readers (why do you read this, anyways?) already know, December is really hard for me.   Too many demands on my time and energy and spirit.   Which means that, inevitably, I can't do everything I'd like to do.

One of the things that I often miss out on is putting up decorations.   I remember living in a neighborhood at home where everyone would put out Christmas lights, and sometimes we'd just drive around the neighborhood looking at everyone's displays.   The most I can manage these days is to put some icicle lights out on our roof ... and half the time, I can't even get those put up.

Except this year, I came home from work one day, to discover that my dear daughter and her boyfriend had climbed up on the roof and put up the icicle lights for me.  I sat in the driveway and wept a bit.   It was a wonderfully unexpected gift.

2. What's your favorite type of holiday gathering? Will you/have you gathered in your favorite way this month?

I'm not sure that I have a particularly favorite type of gathering.   As an introvert who fakes things well, social gatherings are sometimes hard.   I enjoy the gatherings where I can simply be present, and don't have to put on one of my personas ("the professor", "the worship leader", "the old fart") in order to enjoy the evening.

As I look back ... yeah, there have been a couple of times that I managed to have a relaxing social time with folks without having to be anything other than me.

3. Time has named 'The Silence Breakers' (women who came forward with stories of harassment)  'person of the year' for 2017. Would you agree? If not, who do you think deserves the title?

Absolutely, I agree.   Frequent followers of my blog know that I've been commenting on this from time to time.   It's still amazing to me that decades worth of complaints from women are, for whatever reason, actually being paid notice right now.   I don't understand why people are listening know when they haven't before.

4. How did you spend your time this year? Are you happy about that? Elaborate

I spent my time reacting to whatever crisis came along.   No, I'm not happy.   I wish I could choose to act instead of reacting to the choices made for me.   But it's where I am right now.

5. Bid farewell to 2017 in ten words or less.

Too much conflict.   Too many empty chairs.   Too tired.  Begone.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth good will to men

I feel Longfellow's words strongly right now.   Too much hate internationally.   Too much hate nationally.   Too much hate within the places I walk daily.

I know that the carol has two more verses that turn to hope.   I'm just not there.

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