Friday, December 23, 2011
christmas 1968: wildflecken, west germany
This was before I had been appointed company clerk so I was just an infantry grunt, which meant that I was still occasionally subject to being on KP ("Kitchen Patrol"). It was my misfortune to be on KP all day on that particular Christmas in 1968. Talk about adding insult to injury -- peeling potatoes and washing dishes instead of having a day off! It was a rude awakening after always having had wonderful Christmases at home with my family (My mom, I think, was the best, most efficient Christmas shopper of all time).
Fast-forward to Christmas Day 2011, when I still might be peeling potatoes and washing dishes but doing it for family instead of for sad draftees. Jerry and I will be hosting quite a crowd this year: My sister Joan and my two sons, Jon and Tom; my sister Mary and my niece Becky, visiting us from New Jersey; my nephew James and his friend Tim; and my niece Ruthie and her family. I hope they know how much I appreciate having Christmas with them.