They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If so, I am sharing two thousand words worth.
As we grow older, our memories become more precious to us. I suppose 58 years ago when I took the picture of our three little darlings, there were times when they drove me nuts. I don't remember them. I remember the fun times. Red didn't want me working outside our home so I became a "Room Mother" at school for all three...not at the same time. Even taking Field Trips on the school bus with them. There were a couple of little incidents we chaperones had to 'tuck- under-our-hats' but, all in all a good bunch of kids.
The three little ones under the Christmas Tree are Lee in the middle reading, "Night Before Christmas" to Carol and Alan. I remember spending hours putting the icicles on the tree. I didn't just throw them on. They went on one icicle at a time.
Then we have great-granddaughters Jordan and Taylor Lampton (Carol's granddaughters) decorating the little tree they brought me. If you drive past my home, you will see it cheerfully smiling at you from my front window.
To set the real mood for Christmas, turn off the radio and TV, settle yourself in an
easy chair with your Bible and turn to the book of Luke in the New Testament. In the First Chapter we learn of the birth of John the Baptist to Mary's relative, Elizabeth. It is in the Second Chapter that I settle back and feel the real meaning of Christmas. The strains of "Silent Night, Holy Night" play in the back of my mind as I read of Jesus' birth to Mary and Joseph.
Gertie Brooks is a lifelong Almont area resident. A 'farm girl,' Gertie is the premier historian for the Almont area, and frequently offers her memories and first-hand accounts in her 'Country Cousin' columns.