Wow! Time is going way fast. We’re already in December. I still remember receiving this year so recently. Christmas is here again; the tree is up, colored lights are up, Christmas shopping…not done yet. But this week has been hectic; I finished homeschooling, I finished the voice lessons I gave on Monday nights at church, yesterday I finished the Saturday classes I gave to kids, one project of Pearson ended on Friday but at least I just started training for another one….needless to say, it’s been a week of endings. But that means that when some things end; other things begin.
This past week we celebrated my grandmother’s birthday. On Wednesday December 3 she arrived to the age of 97. Without planning, my younger sister VQ and my cousin Carlos decided to give her a “parranda” with Christmas and church music. Another word for “parranda” is “asalto” which literally means assault or robbery. But don’t be afraid; a robbery had nothing to do with what we did. We just sang songs to her, ate cake and gave her a little bit of happiness. If it was actually planned it wouldn’t have turned out to be such a moving experience. My grandma cried and praised the Lord. And that’s what we should do. Give happiness to others; visit the elderly, give hope to the needy….even if they’re from your own family. Make a difference!
Welcome December! Let old things end and let new things start in your life.
(Top photograph: Painting made by my uncle Frank Cruz)