As I reflect upon my three quarters of a century on this planet, I recall a kinder era when nearly everyone got along and helped one another as the opportunities arose. I remember the wonderfully poignant paintings by Norman Rockwell and the Christmas Season with its special meaning, going door to door singing with a group of carolers. Occasionally we got invited inside to warm up and have a cup of hot chocolate! There were ice skating parties on a neighbor’s pond, playing “snap the whip” and seeing who could outdo the other by jumping farther or skating faster. It was a time when families stayed together no matter what and the work ethic was alive and well. I realize that not everyone had the opportunity to grow up in a rural environment. As they say “your mileage may vary” and sadly many other folk were not so fortunate.
This is the season when more than ever the next person you meet may need to see a smile on your face or your helping hand. Let’s strive to not let those opportunities pass by being too busy to notice someone in need. We’re all part of the same human race and we need to put aside petty differences and treat one another with respect, love and care.
James Loren Thayer
President Thayer Families Association