To the editor:
I am now 84 and as I get ready to lay down to sleep, I am wondering how many more years I will be able to keep up this pace of working all day putting up my Christmas lights. I hope for many more, even though I have been doing it a long time. This is my 29th year. Yes, my body is very tired every night and every morning when I get up to take my first step, with aching bones, but you know after a good breakfast, then reading the local paper, I get my clothes on and out the door I go to repeat the same old thing.
I must not hesitate because there are still many things to do before I turn my lights on again and as usual the tradition is to turn on my lights the night before Thanksgiving. So first of all, I am thankful I’m still alive and then being able to do what I do every year for everyone during the holidays. Soon, I’ll be seeing all of you at my place to celebrate these coming days.
The Old Man on the Hill