Monday, December 24, 2012

Random thoughts on Christmas Eve - 12/24/12

To me, Christmas should be a happy time of year. Although my parents both passed away near the Christmas season (and I still mourn their loss and shed tears...especially near Christmas), I strongly believe that the Christmas season should bring out the best in people. Thankfully, for many people, it does. I know my wife and I always try to think how we can make Christmas special for our daughters. We love them so much and can't believe how fast they've grown up!! We like to spend time with them, other members of our family, and friends as well. We try to think of special things to do. Sometimes, maybe nothing special at all, but just time with them, because we know that is special.

I hold my annual holiday party a few weeks before Christmas and have so much fun watching the kids get so excited because Santa Claus is coming....or because they got some neat gifts at the party....or because they relish the time they get with friends and family....or because of some new friends they make while there. It is during the Christmas season that my family likes to donate to others, such as clothing drop off locations. Many times, we don't only donate to the Salvation Army bellringers while walking in to a store, we give them something on the way out, too. It truly makes us feel good to help out, even if only a little bit.

To me, Christmas season should be more about fun times like that. Yet, today, for some families of first responders only a fews hours away from where I live, it will be anything but that. Volunteer (and I stress VOLUNTEER) firefighters responding to a call get shot and some of them get killed. Are you serious?!? These first responders were trying to help others (as they undoubtedly had done countless times), and this is what happens to them? No way. It's just not right! It can't be happening, right? Sadly, it did.

Just a little over last week, some jerk kills little kids in a school. Kids. Little kids. Kids who were minding their own business. Kids who no doubt had dreams of what they wanted to be when they grew up. Kids who I'm sure were looking forward to Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanza, or maybe just time with family when school was on vacation. Kids who were just being kids! That's what kids do, right? Instead, they were senselessly taken away in an instant. What the hell is wrong with people when they think it's ok to commit such heinous crimes as that?!?!?! It makes me sick!

Just imagine for a moment how great things would be if the jerks that thought it was ok to commit such heinous crimes tried to do something good? Just imagine that.....

In closing, I'm thankful to have a ton of friends who whether through their jobs, their families, or their own volunteer efforts, they do try to do something good. They do try to make a difference. They do like to help others. They do take that extra time to set an example for others to follow. They do strive to make this world a better place. To all of you, I say "Thank you."  No, make that "Thank You Very Much!"
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, and/or Happy Holidays! May you all have a blessed holiday season!

With appreciation,

 Fritz Scherz