Anyone who knows me is fully aware of my dislike for the Xmas/New Year’ holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I have a disdain for Thanksgiving and all the lesser celebrations as well.
I hate that I was born on January 2nd and never got to wear the birthday crown in grammar school, since schools were closed for the holidays. The cupcakes, the Happy Birthday song never materialized. No real birthday party at home, since everybody was ‘partied-out’ from Xmas and New Years.
I especially hated being dressed up as a youngster and dragged around to every grandma’s, aunt’s and uncle’s houses for holiday cheer. Two hours here, two hours there and put your coat on it’s time to make the next jump. “Here you go, Ronnie. This gift is a combination Christmas/birthday present,” was the all-too-common refrain.
The only thing that Xmas has done for me over the years is watching the kids, then the grandkids, enjoy. I made it a rule we never travelled on Xmas, period. If family wants to come over, they are semi-welcomed. The nice thing about being a grandparent is that, at some predetermined time, the house, and my recliner, is all mine once again.
Looking back over the past year, at least I have my health??
Seven operations in one year, myriad pills, braces for knees, arms wrists and sleepless nights. Who am I kidding.
Well, at least my host of medical specialists have enjoyed the spoils of my inevitable spoiling.
Now that I have complained, there are a few upsides to the past year. Son Devin has taken over more responsibilities in the family business. We have undergone several changes and grown considerably and putting out a weekly paper has gotten a bit easier on the old bones. We are now a news partner with WHAM-TV and have added more news syndicates and features to the mix. Our web presence has grown and we are one of the premier newspaper websites.
It is sincerely hoped that the Wayne Post will continue after the Chapter 11 bankruptcy and successful reorganization of their parent company. The Posts’ cousin newspapers in Monroe County have become ‘shoppers’, abandoning the newspaper legacy. Too many reporters and employees have been let go by the big newspaper companies, including the dailies, and it does not bode well for the industry overall. Newspaper competition keeps us all on our toes.
I would like to think we have succeeded by giving readers what they want in a newspaper, good stories, some controversy, mixed with a bit of humor and anger.
Oh, all right, have a great holiday season. Remember, do not overstay your welcome at the relatives and for heaven’s sake, don’t forget to bring the rolls.