Merry Christmas!

As usual, I’m up before the sun crests the horizon. I love this time of day more than any other – the quiet, the solitude, the unexpectedly sharp click of nails as the dog slowly treads across the kitchen floor to greet me. Mist, thick and foggy, obscures much of the view from my back door on this slightly damp Christmas morning. The forecast calls for fog much of the day, but with temperatures projected to be in the upper 30’s and low 40’s I won’t miss the opportunity for a ride. The presents are all wrapped. Last minute house cleaning will be underway shortly, the kitchen will soon be filled with the scent of baking, and later replaced by the sound of chicken frying in black cast iron skillets. And later on there will be more activity when family arrives, grandsons will rip through gift wrap and fight over toys, glasses will be raised in holiday cheer, and friends – from near and very far away – will be toasted. From all of us to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, a happy holiday, a festive Chaunakah – whatever or however you wish to call the season, enjoy it.

And me, I’m going to go ride my bike thirty or forty miles before the throngs arrive.


2 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. frank says:

    A merry christmas to you to. I look forward to your entries in the coming year. I hope you and your family stay healthy, for on a personal note no one can wish you more than that.
    Ride strong today in the thought that a great frame builder of more than 80 years, diagnosed with cancer some years ago, cycled out of his village and up a considerable climb this morning, helped just a little by an electrical assist. When he reached the top of the hill he spoke with his wife, whose ashes he had dispersed over a field during the winter. It is his first christmas without her and after nearly 60 years of being together, a very profound moment. The moment isn’t sad, but exemplary, for he was looking forward to this morning with her, thankful for those last years they had together.
    god bless him, and you.

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