It’s a wonderful life!

George Macvicar
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In reflecting on this upcoming Christmas season, and the ups and downs of the past year affecting so many Burin Peninsula residents, the Jimmy Stewart movie ‘It’s a wonderful life’ comes to mind.

In reflecting on this upcoming Christmas season, and the ups and downs of the past year affecting so many Burin Peninsula residents, the Jimmy Stewart movie ‘It’s a wonderful life’ comes to mind.

It airs on television every Christmas, so for sure you’ve seen it or at least heard about it.

Unless you’re in another universe, everyone knows about the devastating news Marystown fishery workers received with the recent announced permanent closure of their plant.

But instead of putting residents in a foul mood, people showed up at the town’s community Christmas tree lighting and Santa Claus parade in droves. Stores are still doing brisk business because it is Christmas!

The realization is there are often other individuals in more difficult situations than ourselves.

Thinking about the street I live on, I came to my own realization all is not really that bleak.

There’s an elderly man, in his late eighties, who’s lived on my street before I did and has always been an inspiration for me. This year he underwent major surgery bur this month he was supervising the installation of his outdoor Christmas lights.

There’s an elderly woman, in her mid seventies, battling cancer and living life to the fullest. While she’s taking her treatments, she’s also travelling to visit her children to enjoy their families.

There’s six widowers/widows who continue to live in their homes on their own. They and their spouses had worked hard for their homes and continue to enjoy them.

There’s four family men, the most recent who had almost 30 years working in the local fish plant, making the decision to go to Alberta to earn an income for their families and not sit back and accept charity from others.

My own wife has provided me inspiration as she has battled cancer and radiation therapy during the past 18 months to be declared healthy today.

She and I both have had wonderful doctors and surgeons, health care professionals, caring family and friends as we struggled through a difficult 2011.

To top it all off though our two daughters whom we were blessed with, have in turn blessed us with grandchildren. Two boys, 5 and 2, are well known to us and we to them. Just this month though we welcomed our first granddaughter, and now our oldest daughter will have her first grandchild for us – a boy.

As Christmas 2011 nears, how can we even suggest this year was not worth the struggles as our family has grown again and during this wonderful season?

For Christians, our Lord and his son Jesus Christ represent ‘love’. Other religions have a divine power to which they prayer, also based on love.

When you think about it whenever you have love, you have the greatest gift. This Christmas we should relay that love to family, friends and even strangers so we can all enjoy this wonderful life.

Merry Christmas to all our readers from The Southern Gazette staff – Crystal, Paul, myself and our newest member Maxine.

George Macvicar, Editor/Manager

Geographic location: Burin Peninsula, Marystown, Alberta

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