As I sit here and write this last Friday message of 2020 to staff there are countless memories of the year running through my mind. Of course, some of them are wonderful and others are not so wonderful. When I reflect on the year, it is not any different from other years in terms of the tally of good and bad, however, the pandemic does add a certain flair.
The holidays are a time of remembering the past, celebrating the present, and dreaming of the future. My sincerest hope is you take the much deserved time to be still and enjoy your families. Even though this season may look a little differently from the past, I am confident we can create memories that will last a lifetime.
As an example, last night we finished watching “A Christmas Story” together as a family, and afterward, we played model trains. For those of you who don’t know, “playing trains” consists of me running the train sets and filling the room with smoke while telling the kids “don’t touch that”. While the night was simple, the evening was filled with smiles and laughter. We made a memory that hopefully, many years from now when I am no longer around, my babies will look back fondly upon. Perhaps they will share with their families about their own crazy Dad who played with trains or merely has a quiet moment remembering a holiday when the world was different, but how we still found joy.