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David Clemons is the editor and publisher of The Walton Tribune. He lives in Monroe and is a graduate of the University of Montevallo.

Clemons: Waiting is hardest this time of year

Time with loved ones becomes more important through the ages

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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:00 am | Updated: 11:13 am, Wed Dec 5, 2018.

No offense to the wonderful pastors I’ve known, but doesn’t it sometimes seem the children’s minutes at church are where you get the message?

We won’t say that happened Sunday, but it did set the table nicely with Lisa Smith’s talk to the kids about waiting on Christmas, and how they’re having to be patient for the day they’re waiting on later this month.

Oh, how I remember those times. As a child, December seemed to be the longest, slowest month — stretching on even more than those summer days back in the time when you got a summer vacation that amounted to something.

No time at the holidays was more interminable than family dinner on Christmas Eve.

My grandfather managed to procure a country ham so salty it would cuss. I’d eat it and my grandmother’s hash brown casserole and it probably looked like when Ralphie’s mom on “The Christmas Story” urged him to show her how the little piggies eat.

Meanwhile, the rest of my family all turned into three-toed sloths, taking time to savor every bite, looking for just the right combination of meat and vegetable, while conversations recapped an entire year even though we’d seen each other multiple times since the past Christmas.

“Well,” someone would say, “then on March 2nd we had for breakfast…”

“CAN WE OPEN PRESENTS ALREADY?” little David would ask.

Now of course I’m a little more patient. You hear as a child that it’s more blessed to give than to receive, and it sounds like the dumbest thing ever, but the older you get, the more true you realize it is.

Even more important than than the gifts is the time and togetherness.

About this time last year, our family gathered in New Orleans to celebrate my sister’s wedding. This Christmas, our newly expanded family will get together again and celebrate the fact we’ll be even bigger in 2019 with the birth of my nephew.

We won’t rush the meal this time because little Jalen Tua Beto Milner — I kid, I think — will be doing it for us soon enough.

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1 comment:

  • Tams posted at 3:01 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2018.

    Tams Posts: 1

    What a difference a year can make! I, too, have a new family member--a daughter-in-law. Thank you for the reminder to cherish the people and become "three-toed sloths" as we savor the time with them.


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