Thursday, December 18, 2008

Beautiful Mountain Christmas

Upstate New York is a beautiful winter wonderland right now. The trip up was not very pleasant, but well worth it. It took me over 24 hours and 3 trains to get here!!! Me and my hubby always argue about driving vs. flying vs. railing, and since he had to work until Christmas Eve I took the train up alone. Huge mistake!!! Lets just say that NY Penn Station is not a great place to be between the hours of 10 pm to 7 am. EWWW!!! When my train was boarding (finally) a fight broke out between the a worker and a drunk/high customer. All I saw was a flash of white powder hit the floor and a 40 oz. crash into the trash can. I couldn't get out of there fast enough. But other than my unfortunate NY detour, my journey went without a hitch.

I made a new friend (which is pretty common for me). We talked about the wars (from WWII to present). I have to say I love talking to wise older people. The insite and knowledge they can drop is PRICELE$$! No book or college course can teach you what they know. All you have to do is ask, then LISTEN. And I know one thing, this is the time to really be listening. Our grandparents have seen at least 4 to 5 wars (some more than that), the depression, sharecropping, the civil rights movement, Jim Crow, lynching...the list is endness.

Sankofa-"it is never taboo to go back and fetch what you have forgotten".

So, if you really want an understanding of what is going on in this world today, ask someone who has spent more than half a century in it.

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