You Said It, Dec. 22, 2013

Now that the greeting “Merry Christmas” is practically extinct, I take notice and give my business to retailers who maintain the tradition of using the word Christmas instead of Happy Holidays in their advertising.

In light of the latest school shooting in Colorado, I can’t help but wonder if the unrealistic expectations we foster in our children is fundamentally wrong. In real life we cannot “level the playing field” for everyone and the world will not “revolve around you.” The lack of respect for others, discipline, moral values and positive social interaction is visible in our society. It seems to me to be actually cruel to teach our children they can pretty much do whatever they want when real life truly doesn’t work this way.


A sense of sadness filled my heart as I drove out to the Veterans’ Cemetery on a cold winter day to decorate my parents’ grave. Yet a beautiful sight greeted me. A lush green wreath sporting a bright red bow is decorating each grave! They were given by Wreaths Across America. Many selfless volunteers spent cold hours making sure that each loved one has been honored with dignity. Thank you.


While at dinner for my 8-year-old daughter’s birthday at Red Lobster on Dec. 17, a gentleman and his wife came over to our table and said he didn’t realize that he had come to dinner to celebrate a birthday. He then handed my daughter a handwritten birthday card and when she opened it there was $20 inside. What a wonderful surprise for a little girl and what a wonderful couple that was to bring a smile to my daughter’s face, Amazed to know there are still wonderful people among us at all times, even if we don’t see them all the time.


Thank you to those who drive in the morning with their headlights on. The sun may have risen, but many of us are driving cars that were not garaged during the night, and although our windows were scraped of most of the ice, they are not completely clear. We often can’t see un-headlighted cars (especially behind us). Drive without headlights on frosty mornings at your own risk!


My friend and I would like to thank the young man that paid for our breakfast at McDonald’s on 12th Street on Nov. 19. It was a nice surprise and we appreciate it very much. We pray for a special blessing on your life.


A big thank you to our carrier, Jaycie Fandel, for the great service in the northeast area! I love when I can open the garage door and the Sentinel is there to reach in inclement weather.


With conservative policies and the tea party overseeing local affairs, you’d think the economic engine in Mesa County would be roaring. Where’s the prosperity? Oh, it’s on the other side of the mountain where progressive principles and strategies guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes.


Thank you for the random act of kindness at Walmart on the night of Dec. 17. It was like a nice Christmas gift from a total stranger, to be passed on. I hope your dog is doing better.


Thank you to the nice lady outside of Target that delivered us a “random act of kindness” from Unifirst Mortgage. We wanted you to know that you have inspired us to use the money to buy some gifts for a couple very deserving children at the school where I teach. Thank you for reminding us of the true meaning of this season.


To the wonderful staff at the Cost Cutters in the Coronado Plaza, thank you so much for your quick assistance with my mother when she fell in the parking lot on Dec. 6. Your quick thinking made a difference in her living or dying. She has a long way to go in her recovery, but she’ll get there thanks to you. No words can express the appreciation of our family. God Bless!


Thank you so much to the kind couple standing in line at Walmart. I was so confused and you paid the rest of my purchase. You are so kind and I have paid it forward. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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Just FYI - the word “holiday” comes from “holy day,” so that would include Christmas. I prefer Happy Holidays because it is inclusive of all beliefs and promotes peace on earth.

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