Christmas activity

The social calendar speeds up has the holidays near. Every organization one is part of has a holiday dinner. People throw parties. Later this week, we are having the nursery employee party. Tonight, I am having a few friends over, although the adjective few is getting more questionable as the hour nears.

I also have a little cluster of Holiday speaking engagements. Later this morning, I go to Bemidji for a Lutheran woman's gathering. I am a little nervous about that. My Christmas talk is offbeat, focusing on how the best Christmas memories are of Christmases that were anything but normal. They want some Christmas music, too, but my repertoire is limited to Greensleeves and a couple of carols. That's fine, unless they want to sing along. For some reason, I can play hymns and carols pretty well--until somebody starts to sing, at which point my fingers start piling up around middle C.

Tomorrow, I speak in Detroit Lakes to a garden club's Christmas party. They want to hear about new varieties of plants for the new gardening season, something which I even thought about yet. During the week, I go to Lake Park Lutheran for their Christmas party. My Uncle Bob, who passed away eight years ago, was minister there for 17 years.

All fun, but tiring, more tiring to think about than to actually carry out.

I alternate between loving social activity and preferring quiet solitude. In the winter, it is just plain good to get out and mingle with people, otherwise one gets stagnant and sleeps too much. At least I do.

That is one reason teaching three days per week has been so much fun. I can feel lethargic, but the hallways of college perk me up right away. The kids are salubriously energetic, optimistic and naive. Example: One little guy has taken it upon himself to hide my big framed map of the United States in a different location before every class period and then deny it up and down. Another called me, "Hey Bergeson!" yesterday, which I thought was a pleasant break from the artificial deference which usually prevails.