A different view of the holidays from Eagle Ridge
We have our visions of how the holidays will go, but Hiawatha Bouldin, a preventionist at Eagle Ridge Institute, shared this with me. Sometimes the holidays don’t turn out like we hope.
From Norman Rockwell to Currier & Ives, you may remember the many holiday photographs, pictures and more memorable store front windows in the major department stores. Your dad would drive the family for miles into the city just to look at the amazing panoramas displayed in the Sears, Macy’s, or Marshal Fields windows, all celebrating this special time of the year. You’d see children building snowmen or skating on a pristine ice covered lake. Or maybe a baby fawn nibbling near the river’s edge just before a snowball exploded on an unsuspecting youth. These were all to excite your senses and to get you in the spirit of giving, of loving and supporting one another.
I’d like to offer you a few more special settings that you may see (or have seen) during this time of year. These settings are also provided to get you ready to support one another:
The annual office Christmas Party (College Dorm Party): The liquor is flowing and everyone is having a good time spreading words of good cheer until you see her in the lobby elevator. Her dress is in tatters, bruises on her face and arms. Nose bloody. One eye swollen shut…
Family Christmas party with the relatives: The liquor is flowing and everyone is having a good time spreading words of good cheer. Uncle Len’s beer is almost finished and cousin Sally’s Wine Cooler is also in the same condition. They call out to their favorite little bartender, nine year old Becky to run to the refrigerator and replenish their holiday beverages…
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