It “Came To Us” Mostly By Osmosis

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM.

And me and Dave might pretend we were picking the tree. That we were “all grown up” and really helping……but Leon was going to find it and make the final decision. Now, my older brother was about half nuts. I have well documented that over the years. But let me tell you, he was as careful and as conscientious here in the Christmas tree selecting as Mozart working over his First Symphony.

It was for our Mother! And somehow, in Leon’s thought process, that made all the difference in the world. He would be listening to our small talk about wanting a Roy Roger’s gun and holster set or a genuine Case knife but he was really searching…… “Look at this one! What do you guys think?” We’d size it up from every angle. “Do you think Mom would like this one?” He was so careful to include us in the tree selection…..that he had already made! Kind of like Mother would have done. Only, of course, you don’t think about it till twenty or thirty years after the fact.

We would walk carefully around our prize tree and picture Mom, as I still can to this day, standing on the porch as we “presented” it before her. She would clasp her hands together and proclaim, “Perfect” to our happy ears. It also took a few more years to realize she would have said the exact same thing and went merrily to work to dress it up if we had brought home a broken oak limb with a rusty nail stuck in the side of it. 

Sadly, I don’t think that message is coming across today on 4G Network or Netflix. Of course, you never know. It took me a while to figure it out.

All those sermons about Christmas are correct!

We took great pains not to bend or break one sprig as we cut the tree down. We were so proud that we’d found the “best one out there” for our Mom. And me and Leon both let David Mark carry the ax back to the house.

Respectfully,



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