Life’s Reflections: 2022 Christmas brought this family closer

Jamie Moody stayed glued to the TV set during the "LIttle House on the Prairie :marathon over Christmas weekend. (Linda Moody photo)

Well, another Christmas is in the books.

I can’t say it was perfect, but I can say it was different. In fact, I wanted to do something different this year for Jamie, because he’s my world and he’s a great person.

Sure, he has his faults (don’t we all?), but he is very kind and gentle and loves people.

For the past several years, I haven’t put much planning into buying big gifts so this year I wanted to let him know I really do care.

He just loved the first gift.

Remember when COVID-19 hit and we were mostly quarantined to home? Well, Jamie fell in love with “Little House on the Prairie” which he used to watch. That’s mostly what we watched….over and over again for all those months. And, it was good television with great ethics, morals and such.

My camera and the TV were not cooperating when these photos were taken so bear with me on this. (Linda Moody photo)

Earlier this year, the show went off the grid for us, and he constantly was wondering if he was ever going to get it back. Talk about driving a mother nuts, he did. He thought I had the answer for him, but I didn’t.

Until recently I learned through Jamie that a Hallmark Channel had “Little House on the Prairie” in its listings. I thought and thought, then I made the decision to sign up for it. I thought it was going to be an easy fix, but I guess they had to change what I already have around to make that happen.

After much discussion with the cable representative, I told her to go ahead.

So far, things are going well. I just hope down the road, there will be a channel I omitted unbeknownst to me. You know me, I’m not great with technology.

I don’t watch that much TV but I do like certain shows.

I am so glad I did it and that I did it before Christmas hit. During this inclement weather the past few days, we were so grateful to be able to watch a marathon of “Little House on the Prairie.” We are also fortunate we didn’t lose our power. Our pipes didn’t burst and we didn’t freeze. It was pleasant spending that time with him even though he was focused on the TV much of the time.

Of course, we saw all of the “Little House” episodes for two years in a row, but that didn’t make any difference to Jamie. I guess he is a creature of habit.

I am so glad, though, that I did give him that gift this year before Christmas. He will always remember it.

Some good news came out of all this, though. I guess my bill, starting next month, will be cheaper than it has been. That’s what scares me. I bet something won’t be there in the near future when I want it to be and then I will spend months complaining. But, unlike Jamie, I can just learn to live without it.

His second gift was money, more than what I’ve given him before. And, I am hoping he appreciated that as well.

Yes, it was a quiet Christmas weekend with the weather and all, but Jamie and I decided we would be better off if we just stayed around home. And, we did.

I am so glad for Facebook. That way, I got to see how others enjoyed their holiday as well.

I can imagine that a lot of plans for celebrating Christmas were changed this year because of the weather, and that’s too bad, but you have to be safe no matter what.

There’s always another day.

Guess what? Jamie just told me, “Thank you for making this Christmas special.”

Excuse me, while I dry the tears.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Sharon Fourman Wirrig, Karen Gehron, Shirley Sheffer, Judy Coppess, Vivian Smith, Keisha Dull, Joanne Shelton, Robin Hoschouer Zeller, Darren Gray, Chuck Greer and Marjory Swabb.
Please pray for these people: Ron Mills, Gary Eichler, Abby Heck, Linda Lore, Ralph Byrd, Beverly McCabe Baker, Tena Black, Linda Arthur, Rusty Maloy, Debbie Mayse, Ronnie Norton, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Miranda Weist Flora, Ericka Trigo, Jeanie Francis, Noah Back, Mary Moran, Harvey Hinshaw, Bruce Kaiser, Angie Brown, Nikole Baldridge, Tracy Bashore, Melikka Riffell, Amanda Mote, Tom Moody, Gary Francis, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Lee Everhart, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Clinton Randall, Sherry Klingshirn, Zach Urbancic.
Also, Sharon Gamster, Connie Stachler, Rick Libert, Harold Libert, Randy Heck, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Debbie Mayse, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Connie Buemi Hodson, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Barbara Alexander, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Albert Duncan, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:
Dec. 28 to Terry Overbay, Bill Gantt and Carol Cox.
Dec. 29 to Betty Burnfield, Brad Slyder, Bruce Hetzler, Pat McCarthy, Mary Kell and Heather Midlam.
Dec. 30 to Kaitlin Moody, Monica Beisner, Stacey Barnt, Kylee Freeman, Trevor Hemmerich, Christa Bonfiglio, Brooke Neal, Teresa Weimer, Craig Prenger, Mary Ann Grilliot, Alena Flory and Keith Burk.
Dec. 31 to Dennis Moody, Chad Wagner, Justin Wilson, Amber Neal, Robert Foster, Dawn Mikesell and Donna Bixler.
Jan. 1 to Seth Phillippi, Ted Liette, Rick Price and Paula Harbison.
Jan. 2 to Stacy Gibson, Jerry Miller, Shirley Phillippi, Steve Wilson, Ron Gard, Kathy Widener, Rick Hahn, Jason Crawford, Seth Klingshirn, Karie Stickley, and Brook Hilderbrand.
Jan. 3 to Kate Custer Rehmert, David Scanlon, Mike Lawson, Travis Henderon, Kendra Billenstein, Scott Rodeheffer, Jamie Wisner, and Teresa Shinn.
Happy anniversary to: Steve and Christa Bonfiglio on Dec. 30; and Ron and Karen Bailey on Jan. 3.

Think about it: “May the tears you cried in 2022 water the seeds you’re planting in 2023.” –Author Unknown