From My View For January 8
After returning from a relaxing Christmas break that lasted 10-days, I realized after listening to our preacher Ed Melott on Sunday about precious memories, that I should write my column on this.
We all have precious memories that we want to hold on to for as long as we can.
A couple years ago I wrote about not being with my bride for the first time in our 45-years of marriage at Christmas time, and it would never again happen. Now that she isn’t working at the hospital any more we decided to go visit our oldest and his family for a long Christmas break.
Talk about precious memories, this was one we won’t soon forget. Besides having a great time with my oldest family, as well as his church family, we had a nice Christmas dinner at Santa and Mrs Claus’ house. “It was grand with the whole clan.”
Besides watching the kids open their gifts, I took each one of the girls out to get some special gifts for them, that was precious to spend quality time with each one, especially my oldest granddaughter Tianna, who was trying on clothes and coming out to show me what they looked like, awesome stuff.
Also we got to watch my youngest son in the new Netflix TV show the Witcher. He has all his life since third grade wanted to be an actor. He has been in a few TV shows as well as major plays, but to watch him in a Netflix show was real nice. It indeed was precious.
Now that I’m a little older and a lot more wiser, I can only feel that I want to be remembered as a guy that tries to do his best in everything I do. My love of God and family has always been number 1 in my life. I’m blessed to still have my mother living, and to have her along with my sister and brother and their spouses at the house for an after Christmas dinner was precious. Not only was it nice to be together, but to socialize and play some games and talk about our every-day lives was nice and will be with me for as long as I live.
It was also a precious memory when my middle son Chris and my mini-me Christian got to sit and watch the West Virginia Mountaineers upset Ohio State in mens basketball. Chris and I had a good time, yelling out-loud and high-fiving each other on outstanding plays by WVU, and to hear my grandson say Pap Pap you and dad our crazy. And I told him when he gets older I hope he enjoys sporting events as we do, and be crazy too.
It was also a precious moment when I heard that our UMWA pension and health-care plans were going to be taken care off the rest of our life.
I hope and pray that we all can have precious memories that we can remember forever. For some that don’t want to remember their precious memories, I just want you to know, I love you, and hope and pray that you can forget the bad things in your life and start remembering the good. I know its hard sometimes to do that, but you must try.
Tonight, I hope and pray we will all celebrate the new year with the thought that we as a people can unite as a nation and some-day soon be a shining-light to our fellow man and to the Lord above.