Christmas 2020

Ruth and I received a hilarious Christmas letter from friends who moved to Texas. It begins, “This little letter each year normally gives all our friends and family an update as to what we have been up to this year and our plans for next year.” It continues,”Well, we have been doing what most of you have been doing, staying home.”

They go on about their initial search for toilet paper and cleaning products, and they decide that finding hand sanitizer would have caused them to dance in the aisles. Ruth and I never found hand sanitizer or face masks when both were commercially hot products. I recall asking the girl in The Pharmacy at Walmart where she got the mask she was wearing and if Walmart was selling masks. She didn’t tell me where she got the mask, and the answer was “NO” to the 2nd question, so I left the store empty handed and maskless.

Marty and Lorie say that doing jigsaw puzzles has become “a new daily norm”. Why didn’t we think of that when we ran out of movies to watch!? Ruth & I scrambled to find the perfect jigsaw puzzle to send them. We came up with one of the Sydney Opera House that will be on its way to them tomorrow. Maybe we can meet in Australia in 2021.

They say that they have gained a new appreciation for human interactions and have spent time making virtual connections. When I went to tell Ruth about this she was on the phone with a friend in Topeka. Their conversation lasted for 2 hours! During that time I talked to Nettie too, made a cake that bombed, had lunch, and laundered a new rug that came with instructions to wash it before use but had no directions about how to do this. I used Woolite, cold water, and air-fluffed it dry. This rug is designed to cut down on dirty areas of carpeting, but I probably washed it wrong. I more than likely should not have used soap and dried it using a low temp. In any event it is on the rug now and, hopefully, repelling dark foot and sock marks. Truthfully, we had no help with knowing what to do with it, which is what the rug company probably intended by not supplying instructions.

Marty and Lorie conclude that “Happy Birthday” took on a whole new connotation in 2020, that we are all in this fight together, and they decided that they are glad to see this year end. They finish with a wish for a wonderful New Year “filled with hugs and new adventures.” I’m for these too, especially the new adventures.

This is the best and most truthful holiday letter we have ever received! They end with their names and the single word “Muah!!” so “Muah” to you too. Let’s all hope that the COVID19 virus does not mutate in 2021 and cause the vaccines to be worthless.

Hank

About roadsrus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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