Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Wishes

It is the time of year for sharing secrets, planning surprises, wrapping and unwrapping wishes. Tiny white lights are twinkling on my Christmas tree and illuminating my backyard. The air is cold and crisp on my daily walks, and I smile into the sunshine when it peeks out from behind a bank of clouds. There is so much to be happy about, so much to anticipate, so many friends, relatives, and traditions to enjoy.

But this year I have to pause, just for a moment, before I celebrate. This year I have to acknowledge, that while I am counting down the days until I arrive at my parents’ house, many families on the east coast are struggling to piece their lives back together. I am not a political person so my message is very simply this...

This year I will be thinking of those families who have lost so much, those whose homes and loved ones were taken away, those who endured and survived storms and attacks, and always those people who are fighting to make the world safe again.

Happy Holidays, safe travels, and best wishes for the New Year.