Ah, the Holidays! Such a grand time of celebration, sharing, wonder and delight! If only it didn't come accompanied by that experience that most of us dread.
Don't protest about how love of neighbor is at the heart of the season. You know what I mean. If you have ever been to the Mall any time after Thanksgiving, you have most certainly found your love of fellow creature sorely tested. Then there are "get-togethers." I practically shudder typing the word. Whether they are for work, school, church, or professional or social organization, we will find ourselves spending more time with some folks than we really want to. Scary, creepy people.
And then, there's Family. No matter how happy our families are, I daresay there are a few relatives we must endure during the holidays that never fail to make our hackles rise, for some reason or other.While "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays," it is wise to remember that just because there's no place like it, that doesn't make it ideal.
I was reminded of this unpleasant dilemma when I visited Ellicott City Patch this morning. A simple question about sugared drinks brought out many of those folks that populate Howard County in the same way that Holiday get-togethers bring out Crazy Uncle Fred or Negative Nancy from Accounting. I wonder how much fun it is on Patch when they get one of these little parties going?
What a party it is, with many of the familiar faces we have grown to know so well, "Socialist!" "Nanny State!" "Dirty, Filthy!" "Fascist!" Where have you all been since the election? How we have missed you! See how the adrenaline flows around the punchbowl. One imagines competition for the hors d'oeuvres, a fight over the last cookie.
Yes, sometimes around the holidays we find ourselves at such an event. Sometimes we are able to politely speak our peace. Other times, it is better to head home early and think good thoughts.
So, wherever in HoCo you may roam this holiday season, however you worship, and whatever you drink, may you find peace, kindness, and patience.
Yes, patience. Some of us are going to need a whole lot of that.