It was not quite mid October, when I innocently walked into a local gas station to pay for my fuel, and what am I greeted with? Christmas tree and Santa Clause shaped candy! Dear Heaven! Don't the pumpkins and turkeys even get a chance any more??? How long will it be before the Christmas goodies start coming out on the 5th of July or as the Easter Lilies start to wilt?
If you have been one of my readers for any length of time, you should be confident that I am a limited government, free market, kind of guy. Yet I have a sudden impulse to go all Jonathan Smith and write "A Modest Proposal," not on eating the Irish (like the original), but demanding federal legislation restricting Christmas. (Yes, demanding the Federal Government restrict Christmas is to me the equivalent of proposing eating the Irish!)
At what point does Christmas change from being one of the most significant and joyful of holidays to just another marketing gimmick? At what point does the gimmickry wear off?
As to more seasonable events . . .
Unless you are an avid pumpkin hunter, like I am, (flash back to the first column published about a year ago) you may not have been aware that there was a pumpkin shortage last year. When the last can of pumpkin was off the store shelf around Thanksgiving, that was the very last can for the year.
Due to a hectic schedule, I have semi resigned my self to not being able to do any hunting this year. My camouflaged friends are already up in trees with their bows. I am not sure how the deer are faring this year, but the pumpkins have not done well. Thanks to global warming (which causes both floods and droughts, depending on the year) the pumpkin vines have withered and died before most of the wily beasts could grow to sporting size. There is no pride in dragging a small pumpkin to the check in station.
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To be concluded at some later time. My sense of humor has dissipated at the moment.
My mother called and informed me that the last puppy of my beloved Daisy died yesterday from Lymphoma. She was my father's closest companion for the past 14 years and he is devastated by the loss.
Mom also informed me that my father has had some significant negative health test results come back. Nothing immediately critical, but troubling.
If any one out there is inclined to pray, I am sure that my parents would be very grateful for prayers to ease the loss of a beloved pet and that health be restored if it is consistent with God's plan for my father.
My sincerest thanks.