|1950 sign by Uncle Carl|
The Noel sign is another done by my late Uncle Carl Konesky. This year, as a present to ourselves coinciding with the Michael's framing sale we have framed several of his sketches from the late 1940's while he was attending art school. (See my previous Sepia post this blog on November 3, http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6733427454505364336#editor/target=post;postID=1589432087801379346 This Christmas sign is the smaller version of a larger one he did for a local merchant, his mock up and I share with you for the sentiment of the season. As soon as the last are framed, Carl will have his own gallery wall in the bedroom entry.
The funniest card we have received this year came from Chris, grandson of another late uncle John Irwin and because we both got such a laugh I scanned it so you can see it too. This is the kind of mindless activity that can happen if one does not pay attention and I know that all too well. I don't think I will look at a hand dryer the same ever again and those who may find me chuckling while air drying my hands at these will probably wonder what's with me.
Laughter, memories and the many contacts from long time friends in the lives we lived long ago are the best of the season. Hearing from longtime friends once a year makes the season bright. Fondly exchanging gifts with friends afar and buying or making something that we know will be enjoyed brings holiday cheer. It takes a little thought, a bit of perspective, recognition, recall, all those caring gestures that in the commercialism of the holiday seems to have ruined the effect for so many. Nothing wrong with point and click ordering so long as there is thought put into it,not so, for "this."
We chose to spend $$ generously on others who are appreciative. I don't mean falling all over us but simple sincere prompt thank yous. Besides the young hard working bar tender putting himself through the University by working and shoveling snow and mowing yards and not living at home but really out there on his own, the garbage collectors, the paper delivery people, the postal delivery woman, and a favorite waitress, we adopted two veterans from our local Mosher Home and bought everything on their wish lists, which were sparse and down to earth, Listerine, white socks and gift cards from Burger King.
We were not sure if we would be home or on the road over Christmas but here we are. Likely for the best because the snow blew in sideways this week, coating all with that wintry white. Had we been in Mobile, AL as thought we would have had a worse experience as they had tornadoes. All in good time, we will head south. Texas is calling loudly.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and partridges in pear trees to fellow bloggers.