My wife got some good news today, and we were happy to hear her news. My own days lately are filled with nostalgia for Christmas past, which is, I suppose, understandable this particular year.
We went tonight to the movie "Saving Mr Banks", which we both enjoyed. I expected to enjoy it, but it was better than I would have predicted. The Disneyization of the story was less annoying than I had thought it would be. Then we went for chicken pho at Pho is for Lovers, where our meals were well-prepared and quickly-served.
Around 3:30 p.m., I pulled into Towne Lake Park in McKinney. It has a public restroom near its parking lot. The tree right by my car was filled with American goldfinches. I took pictures, but in the dark light, the images showed just hints of gold among through the Winter Solstice light.
Today I was reminded how much of the glue of civilization is comprised of good people who, without making huge salaries or getting any fame, just make life livable and a bit gracious.
It reminded me to always wear the amulet of courtesy. It serves me well.