Winding Roads: 'Tis indeed the season

Monday, December 21, 2009

It's been a while since I took a few moments to write a column. Good or bad depends upon one's perspective. The last month has almost become normal at our house as health issues appear to take less of our attention as we seek to have our old routine back.

I fear some folks may take offense when I haven't responded to their wishes yet one has only so many hours in the day to get things done.

Over three years ago, I thought I would never, ever take life for granted. I really don't know the week or day or hour that I started to ignore that fact but I did. Consequently, when I have had a couple of good friends who lost their spouse, I decided I couldn't ignore myself either. I made a trip to the cardiologist for an annual checkup which I had put off a few months. I immediately commented that I didn't want to hear or see about any weight gain and yes, I had lied to him about making sure I do more exercise. Doc was to tell me if he could hear the old blood running steady through the body and I'd be good to go. He appreciated my honesty but he suggested a blood panel and to get out and walk, walk, walk. Yuk! Yuk! Yuk! It's too cold. Not a winning idea----go inside and walk, walk, walk. He pushes the fish oil pills and eating flax. Well, I came bouncing out, all charged up that I'd make it vertically for awhile yet.

The truth is that we will never know when God wants to check us out. For the last many months, stress has been a big factor for us and it's such a great relief to ignore it now for a while.

The kids decided we should celebrate our 50th. It was a hard sell as we kept changing our minds. But then I thought of the couples who simply don't have the opportunity to celebrate such an anniversary. The weather may be frightful and some may be tied up with families of their own, but we will smile and have a good time. Our family is small in size but large in having good times together.

Before I wind down the year with you, I must conclude that I have tried not to listen to the news on health care passage in the Senate. I keep praying it doesn't make it. The whole thing just reeks of political posturing to get votes. We, the tax-paying public, are already, indirectly paying for these 30 million folks' health care. Leave things as they are. What's the rush?

I would really like to be able to put a gag on Congressional leadership. Ben Nelson is a huge disappointment and Harkin has spent too many years in D.C. and has forgotten what the average American thinks. I have not found anyone who wants this to happen other than folks that already lean on government to pay their bills.

I must say it will be sickening to hear what excuses they come up with come the end of January on what needs to happen for the economy to come back. This country's reputation is taking a hit, between Sarah Palin and the President, neither possess what it takes to become a true leader. They are both playing it for the camera like a couple of star-struck teens.

Meanwhile, shut off the tube, play some board games, sing some songs and eat your favorite food. At the end of the day, count your blessings. We all have many that we take for granted way too much.

Merry Christmas!