These are pictures from Christmas. So! Let's see what we got here! First, there's Jon with a parrot on his head at the Goodman Christmas Eve party. Then there's Betsy with the stocking that she made for little Fy! You can tell by his expression that he was very impressed. Next we have me and Matt with Windmillman at the party (please note these are not in order: Betsy was not wearing pajamas at the party.) ;-) The next one is all of us at my grandparents' house on Christmas Day (Matt is thinking about holy chips.) There's my grandpa laughing at the story my dad wrote for him (did you know my dad is a writer?) And then there's a few of us opening presents in the morning. All in all it was very festive and joyous and oh man, in a few hours it'll be time to start celebrating New Years! I guess that means I gotta go!
The day after Christmas I had to go meet with a professor to hear a lecture I missed because of work. It was about transnationalism, and he told me his opinions about the future of North America. I listened, and eventually it shifted over to 9/11. I was telling him how painful it was for me when I was in Mexico and saw people cheering about the towers. He thought for a moment, looked me in the eye and told me he would've applauded too. I winced; it felt like a slap in the face.
This simple statement showed me our propensity for hate. It just comes so naturally to us, the desire for revenge; it dulls our heart from the ability to feel compassion. It happens all over the world, every day, but the scale is so large that we see it as a political problem. We see tanks but we don't see the people inside them; we don't see the darkness in our hearts that's so eager to rationalize suffering.
This is why I am so very thankful for Christmas. So thankful for Christ, who conquered evil with love, who showed that grace is the only antidote for hate; forgiveness, the only way to end these cycles of revenge we find ourselves in. So thankful for God, who loves us despite the blackness of our hearts, whose grace is overwhelming.
I can announce that KELLY is moving back! YAY! Her and Fernando are headed to the twin cities this summer for-to-stay. I think Ms. Imelda was in need of a cute pair of boots and needed an accompanying climate (am I right?) ;-)
Anyway, I for one am really excited. And so is Fy. Just look at him.
here is something much more pleasant to look at: fyo! You can see him in the background, peering at Matt like he always does. Maybe you are thinking, "but where are they?" Well, that is our apartment! So, if you can't recognize it that probably means you should come visit us. :-)