Sixty-two years ago I was born as a change of life baby on December 23,1948 to my parents who did not expect me to happen. My mother was in her 40’s and my father in his 50’s. Most of my childhood life was spent with older people. Today I find myself as one of those people sitting here on Christmas eve. thinking about you and thinking about me. Yes, I said you, the Boomer Generation of people.
There is snow on the ground. Outside my door it is very quiet as though for just a few moments the world is still and at peace. Some are with families. Some are sitting with that special husband or wife. Some are playing with their grandchildren. Some are traveling to other places to visit friends. Some are sitting alone. Others are preparing meals to share with their love ones tomorrow. Some may be watching television, reading a book, playing a game on the computer, waiting for a telephone call, wrapping a present, or ending a day of work. There are some like police officers, fireman, health care workers, security people, truck drivers and etc. that may be working tonight and might be working tomorrow.
There are boomers that might be in nursing homes, hospitals, and even some in far away lands helping to keep our country safe. Others might be volunteering their time in homeless shelters and even some boomers might be homeless. Some boomers may have had children others may not. Some may be blessed with riches and fame. Then there are some who have very little and their pockets might me empty. Some may have high educations and others little or no education. Some may be sitting around a warm fireplace while others may be wishing for a warm fire.
In all of this there is somethings that we share in common. We have a story. We have a heart that can be prepared to forgive. We have gained much wisdom. We have experienced a lot. We have made some kind of a mark on the world as it is today. We can believe. Some may be able to sing while others may only be able to smile. Some like me might have a desire to write and share what I am feeling in my heart.
Tonight I think of you. Tonight I think of me. Tonight I want to reach out and give each one of you a hug. Tonight if I was powerful enough, I would give you peace, love, joy, comfort, health, wealth, and a world filled with peace but I am not that powerful. I do have the ability to write. I do have the ability to feel. I do have the ability to show compassion. I do have the ability to care for others. I do have the ability through this writing to let you know how special I believe that each and everyone one of you are. No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, no matter how you are feeling let it be known that tonight someone has thought of YOU. We are one. We are the people of the world.