Let Freedom Ring!

P1040838P1040823P1040769Eric and I have just returned from his college orientation, in time to celebrate the 4th of July at Liberty Island, New Jersey. In the background, is lower Manhattan’s Freedom Tower, Ellis Island (where my Grandma Eleanor came over from Hungary) and, if you look closely, the elegant Lady Liberty, herself. A perfect place to be on this holiday, dressed in my red, white and blue, with these beautiful symbols of freedom. I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday.

 

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I’m not buying that!

P1000049 3Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday season … and wishing that we all remember to be kind along the way. I had a need to run to the mall yesterday. You know, the very thing you are not supposed to do the day before Christmas. But it couldn’t be helped. What I discovered was madness and rudeness in the parking lot; people scurrying in and out of spots wearing that evil-eye that says, “don’t even think about taking this spot. It’s mine,” people honking – at who? what?, why?, people feeling so much stress that they were driving just a little too fast and rounding corners a little too tightly. By the time I finally parked my car and entered the mall, I was on edge. The racks of sweaters and blouses seemed to be glaring at me. Is this the way to purchase clothes?

But then I took a deep breath and looked in to the happy faces of the children sitting with Santa, and I overheard a young girl reading a book aloud about ‘how mommy loves me’ as she walked through the store, and I breathed and I smiled and I remembered. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it is the season of joy and peace and friends and family and love and kindness. I refuse to believe that this is the season of putting-something-over-on-someone. I’m not buying that!

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