The Aftermath in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico
Christmas and New Years’s Eve are over and now it is back to the business of 2009.
We usually wait until Three King’s Day (Jan.6) to take down our tree and decorations but I decided to take it down yesterday as today was garbage pick up. We have had our tree since November and I knew if I left it for one more day it would be a naked trunk with a pile of pine needles at the bottom.
Taking down the tree is not as joyous putting it up. Putting all the brightly colored ornaments back in their boxes, only breaking two or three, and making sure our treasured Elvis ornament is carefully back in its place is not a happy chore. Taking down the tinsel, candy canes, strings of lights and our revered snowman which has adored the top of our tree for over 30 years is sobering indeed. Putting away all the candles and assorted other Christmas knick knacks is not our favorite thing to do. Sweeping out all the afore-mentioned pine needles is not fun and, of course, you never get them all.
However, after all of this is completed and the last box is stored away until Christmas 2009 you look around and see how bright and airy your house is once again and you remember how thankful you are for all of your blessings.
The situation between Israel and Gaza is horrible and innocent people are dying every day. No one is ever right when innocent children are dying.
President Elect Obama has a monumental job ahead of him with the economy, two wars, health care, foreign relations, homeland security and a myriad of other immediate priorities that would daunt a lesser man.
The weather is still awful in most of the US and Canada. Here we are in paradise with the sun shining and the flowers blooming. We are so lucky to have found Ajijic, Lake Chapala and we wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2009.