Christ­mas in his heart

Maybe Dick­ens was right, maybe it isn’t ever too late. Not too late to trans­form our lives from con­cerns about our­selves and ours to con­cern for oth­ers.

The Covington News - - Local news - Pa­trick Du­rusau Colum­nist

My fa­vorite story of the sea­son is Dicken’s “A Christ­mas Carol.” But, I have al­ways doubted the end­ing that Scrooge re­ally kept “Christ­mas in his heart” ev­ery day of the year. Like many, I have done the Sun­day school vis­its to the sick or el­derly and the “ less for­tu­nate” at Christ­mas, but never be­yond that.

Many years af­ter first hear- ing that story, I ac­tu­ally met some­one who re­ally does keep “Christ­mas in his heart” ev­ery day of the year. My moth­erin-law now re­sides at Palms Shade Villa, an as­sist­ed­care fa­cil­ity here in New­ton County.

Alone now, af­ter more than 50 years of happy mar­riage, her world has grad­u­ally be­come more and more lim­ited. Her room and a cou­ple of com­mon ar­eas are the warp and woof of her ex­is­tence.

Her time at Palm Shade Villa is bright­ened by the reg­u­lar ap­pear­ance of Allen Fuller and his mother Cleo. Allen faith­fully plays the or­gan for an hour ev­ery week, rain or shine. The evening per­for­mance ends with the singing of a num­ber of tra­di­tional hymns. Allen doesn’t have a rel­a­tive at the fa­cil­ity nor does he get paid for his per­for­mances. I don’t think the sing- ing is what keeps him com­ing back ev­ery week. Every­one there en­joys them­selves, but we are un­likely to be of­fered a record­ing con­tract.

I men­tion Allen to point out that maybe I have been wrong all th­ese years ago to as­sume that “A Christ­mas Carol” is just a story. Maybe Dick­ens was right, maybe it isn’t ever too late. Not too late to trans­form our lives from con­cerns about our­selves and ours to con­cern for oth­ers. Not too late to keep Christ­mas in our hearts all year long.

I know it is pos­si­ble, for I have met some­one who does and have shaken his hand.

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