If you were born in the 1930s, 1940s, or 1950s, it is difficult to explain the changes that have occurred. Our contact with the world was a ‘cracklin’ AM radio, with the sound in and out, WFNC in Fayetteville, WTSB in Lumberton, WRRZ in Clinton, WPTF in Raleigh, on a good day, depending on your location. In the evening time, we could listen to the Top 10 songs on WCKY, Cincinnati, Ohio, and on Saturday night, if the reception was half way decent, The Grand Old Opry from Ryman Auditorium on WSM, Nashville, Tennessee.
Today, we are on information overload. If the President or a dignitary ‘hiccups’, it is reported on one or more sources — for example Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Facebook, NBC, CBS, ABC, Messenger, Instagram, Twitter — you name it. Not sure we need that much news, but it is the world we live in.
And, no one is required to listen to any, but our desire to be informed makes it necessary, well, sort of.
I think of my early Christmases on Route 2, Bladenboro, near Zion Hill Baptist Church. Youth programs that helped to build a platform for later in life. A Christmas tree, freshly cut from nearby woods, no lights on the tree for many years. In fact, no electricity. We made our decorations with paper, crayons and glue. Beautiful memories of a family, long, long ago.
It was the same for the majority of families in rural Bladen and surrounding areas.
So much for yesteryear! We recorded an inch of rain earlier this week. Our normal rainfall is just over 49 inches annually, or about an inch a week. National Weather Service indicates the norm for December is just over 3 inches. August is the wettest month of the year with an average of nearly 6 inches.
Speak positively for one day, no negatives, and see if you don’t feel better.
New Years Resolutions are due in about a week.
Filing for political office begins in just over a month. Should be interesting.
And, for your information, Santa is due in less than 72 hours, if our countdown begins early Friday morning and he stays on schedule, and arrives before daybreak Christmas morning.
Christmas is not so much about opening presents, as opening our heart!
Have you been naughty or nice?
Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love. Billy GrahamShare: