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From My View For Jan. 3

January 3, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

Now that Christmas is long gone, and the New Year fast approaching, it's time to head into the new year with a positive outlook.

Most people will use the upcoming new year to make loads of New Year's resolutions. Most people, myself included, want to get into shape and lose a few pounds, as well as complete some honey-do projects that didn't get done in 2017.

Yes, there are a lot of honey-do projects that I wanted done too, but it just goes to show when you get older, you just don't go any faster. I didn't have the strength to do some of the stuff that I wanted to get done in 2017.

Before I get into some resolutions, I must tell you a few things about my Christmas break. I went to Virginia to see my granddaughters open their gifts on Christmas Day.

This is the first year my wife and I have not been together for Christmas in our 43, almost 44 years, of marriage. Of course I have worked on Christmas Day, hen I worked in the coal mine. Those times, we spent at least some of the day together though.

It was the first, and if I have anything to do about it, it will be our last. Being with your love oned for more than 43 years, it's tough when you're apart.

However, the trip was very nice, not a lot of traffic going to Fredricksburg at all. The weather was awesome, and the time spent with my son Gregory and his family was everything I was hoping for.

The girls are growing like the weeds in my back yard. My Tianna is as nice today, as she was when she was two. The same can be said for Kyra and Sofia as well. The church service was awesome. The preacher, Isaac Myers, once lived in this area and went to Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg.

After lunch, we went back to the house and watched some movies. You know when Rich "Santa Claus" Male is your son's father-in-law, every Christmas has to be a good one, and it was.

After the big night, Santa and Mrs. Claus came over, and my daughter in-law Candace fixed breakfast fit for a king. After eating, the girls opened their gifts.

I got each member of my son's family a Nerf-gun. I didn't think I would love seeing them battle with the Nerf guns, but I was more excited than they were. I know it is the best gift I could have gotten them.

You know, other than thinking about Jesus in this time of gift giving - and knowing he gave his life for us, the family stuff is mighty important for me for me. Not being around Lynne, as well as my son Chris, his wife Alania, and my grandson Christian - and my son Jeremy and his bride Janine - was tough. It's tough when family is far away.

We had Christmas with Christian the day after, as well as my mother, but it was so nice to see all the love that others show with their family and friends. That is the good thing about Facebook.

Incase you don't know, our new editor is Lauren Matthews. She has been holding that title for awhile, but she just got the editor's job at the Tyler Star News, right before Christmas. It was nice to see. The Wetzel Chronicle, along with the Tyler Star News, is in good hands. She is doing the best she can, and with Ed and myself, she will have her hands full.

But, let's get with the program and see what New Year's resolutions you are going to have. Let's get it started. Take a picture of yourself, and send it to me at bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com - along with your New Year's resolutions. I can't promise it will be in the paper, but it might. Let's get it going, and maybe we can have a full page New Year's resolutions.Maybe we can share on our Facebook page as well. I can't wait to see all the resolutions that our readers have and will have.

In conclusion, I hope everyone had an awesome Merry Christmas, and even a happier New Year.

 
 
 

 

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