Leave the gate open

by chuckofish

“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas!”

–Henry van Dyke

I  should be taking care of daughter #2 who is home for the holidays, but she is taking good care of me–cooking gourmet meals and mixing special cocktails!


Christmas week is off to a good start. Now if the weather will just cooperate and daughter #1 will make it home from NYC on Christmas Eve according to plan, we’ll be cooking with gas!