Proud Dad/Grandfather

19 December 2014 Categories: Gerry's Corner

        In spite of my last blog, I have to admit I had an indescribable proud moment at our 2014 Christmas gathering. At one point we all gathered in our basement living room for gift opening. We naturally started with the grandkids gifts. As the grandkids opened their gifts one by one they would find their parents in the crowd and show their gift(s) then find the giver to thank them. The atmosphere does get wild and loud but still very enjoyable. At one point, I diverted my attention from the show and briefly scanned the whole room. What I saw almost brought tears to my eyes. I saw our 5 happy adult children with their spouses enjoying their kid’s pleasures. Seeing our 8 healthy and happy grandkids enjoying the spirit of Christmas ranging from 12 years old to 8 months was beyond descriptive words. At that moment my life had meaning and purpose. Everything that I have ever done in life was right before me. This was definitely a proud moment to say the very least.

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Christmas Cards

18 December 2014 Categories: Gerry's Corner

      Once upon a time, kids would wait in the window for the “Mailman” as it was called at the time, for mail to be delivered in hopes that some mail may be for them. On special occasions like Birthdays, Easter and Christmas, they were even more attentive hoping a card, envelope or gift would be delivered. Those were special moments in some of our memories. Today, moments like those from yesteryears are gone forever. It is so sad.

      I am old school, mailing Christmas cards every year to people important to me on their special days is a tradition. Most cards go to Family members especially the grandkids. This year like every year, I take the time to choose an appropriate card for everyone and mail it. I also include special words or comments in every card. In addition to friends and Family members I addressed 5 cards to our kids then 8 cards to our grandkids. I mailed the grandkids cards 3 days before the kid’s cards so the grandkids would feel special getting a card before their parents. We also have a tradition of having our Christmas dinner at least a week before Christmas so not to interfere with other commitments at Christmas. Our day this year was December 13th. Everyone was present, we exchanged gifts, had a couple of great meals and lots of laughs.

     Even though our Christmas gathering was fantastic when it was finished and all were gone I had some sadness. After sending 13 cards to 18 people, not one made mention of receiving my cards. Did they not receive it? Did all of them not open their cards? Were they too busy with their hand held devices to enjoy what was sent? Did they just forget? Will it ever be a memory of what Grandpa did? If I stopped sending cards would they even notice? Is it a memory to text someone good wishes? I really think society is heading towards a future with no past and memories.

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Pissed Off

07 December 2014 Categories: Gerry's Corner

        Sorry for the title of this blog but I am just livid. All thru November when I went to a Bank I would ask if the 2015 Calendars had arrived. Finally they arrived in December. I asked the front desk clerk for 2 Calendars, a desk Calendar and a wall Calendar. The clerk quickly replied “No sir, I can only let you have one”. For some reason this reply hit me the wrong way in fact I was stunned and insulted. I lost it. Fortunately there were only 3 other customers in the Bank at the time. My voice got very loud and I replied to the clerk “With all the charges I pay you in a year, you are going to limit the number of Calendars I can have” “With the Banks bragging about record profits, they have to restrict the number of free Calendars”. My behavior even though it was not very Professional, did yield me my 2 Calendars. Like I said, her comment insulted me so much that I instantly reacted. Am I crazy or is this total nonsense. The Banks charge for everything you do with them unless you have thousands of dollars on deposit and even then I am not sure you get anything free. Then I ask for 2 Calendars and get told there are limited quantities. Lucky I do not have a large office or staff because everyone would have to share one Calendar in the lunch room.

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