A L O H A
Gosh it feels like Christmas!
The TV is showing blizzards
in North America,
Mrs. Obama and the girls
are here on Oahu with us. . .
The parking lots at Ala Moana Shopping Center
the road to the interstellar telescopes
atop the summit of Mauna Kea
because of snow and inclement weather.
There is hurry, frustration, &
at loose on this island.
Locally based troops
were the last group to leave Iraq this weekend.
Our Hawaii Air National Guard brought them home.
We see them marching into the hangar
to the jubilation of their families
on local TV news and it makes
me cry every time.
Can't help thinking of what poet Robert Graves,
a combatant in WWI,
said of the night that
that war ended:
" The news sent me out walking. . .
cursing and sobbing
and thinking of
the dead. "
Holiday cards are coming in
bringing an air of festivity
into our home.
especially this year,
we are doing NOTHING
but enjoying it all!
There will be DRY champagne,
and happy times.
We are sort of:
enjoying it all through the emotions
It has been wonderful
visiting all of your posts,
looking around at all the jollity,
and deep reflection,
then leaving for the next party-
all without bringing anything
but a friendly comment,
or being thought rude
for leaving so quickly.
for sharing this wondrous season!
Mindful of New Years, Hanukkah, Kwanza,
I have always enjoyed wishing others:
Nowadays, some who find that offensive
(as denying the primacy of christians)
have taken all the joy out of it.
I refuse to say Merry Christmas,
because bullies dictate it.
Glad you and I
are past all that!
Thanks SO much-
Tell us a small holiday treasure you enjoy
in comments !