christmas lights on houses

It seems that as our neighborhood has gotten older, fewer people put up lights for Christmas.

January 3, 2014 — I am being obedient by taking a walk as suggested by my doctor following my October stroke episode. “ People who exercise, take their meds and follow doctor’s orders just do better than those who don’t,” Dr. Chang emphasized in answer to my question regarding what I could do to avoid another possible stroke – even a mild one. As my husband’s caregiver in our combined battle against Alzheimer’s I know how important it is for me to stay healthy.So I began with walking at least once around the block.“Double that,” suggested my occupational therapist. So I did. It’s probably totals a quarter mile, and I plan to increase the distance, but more than likely I’ll switch my timing to daylight.


I have been beginning my walk routine just at dusk, but by the time I get back home it is dark. It’s an interesting time of the day as the light fades and darkness takes over and night begins especially now that we are back on on standard time. I am a summer person and welcome the long days, but there is something about twilight that is very enchanting. The neighborhood is also different especially just after Christmas.


I am reminded of the year Ken and I moved into our new tract home and we proudly walked my parents through our starter house. “Look dad,” I had explained calling his attention to the scores of children playing together in front of our houses. “We’re all young couples with children, isn’t that nice.” He agreed adding, “And someday all of these houses will be filled with older couples and the children will be grown and gone.” He was right and I’m not quite sure just why so many of the houses are colorless and dark at Christmas time. I realize that the original children are grown and gone, but I put up my tree and light the lights because I have grandchildren, and many of them have children, so there are little ones who not only appreciate the signs of the season, but almost expect to see Christmas trees at grandma’s house, even if Grandpa with his AD doesn’t notice.


Just as all neighborhoods change over the years has come, ours too has had it’s share of illness including several cases of cancer, heart attacks, strokes and yes, several of our friends have had full-blown cases of Alzheimer’s. The streets have more widows than widowers leaving maintenance to the female gender who are in charge of more than they thought possible. I suppose that is one reason why there were fewer Christmas trees in windows this year than in the past and very little in the way of outdoor lighting. Walking my route I miss the colorful displays of yesteryear even though I understand. Decorating for the holidays is a lot of work. Today, before my walk my signs of Christmas will be back in boxes in the loft in our garage. Meanwhile I’m wishing everyone a Happy New Year while we look forward to what 2014 will bring.

Originally posted 2014-01-05 05:33:48.

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