This week, I have been struggling to come up with just the right title. At first it was going to be titled, “Oh, that kind of nap,” because just last week I took an afternoon nap which is something I don’t really do well.
My mind always seems to be racing. Mackensie was taking a nap on one couch and I said she looked so comfortable, maybe just a short little pick me up nap.
Well, the next thing I knew it was two hours later and we were supposed to be at Bart’s for the Patriots game. I woke up like I had been hit by a few trucks. I was dazed, loopy, exhausted, and melting all rolled into one. I just wanted to head upstairs at 4 p.m. and crawl into bed for the night.
When I finally made it to Bart’s house, Meredith’s friend Marina was watching the game waiting for us. She took one look at me; I mentioned the never waking up nap and she said, “Oh, that kind of nap!” That says it all!
I bet you know what I mean. I think it’s the start of the little bear in all of us, too, time change, cold temperatures and that slight gray color to the days and sky. Beware of “that nap” as the Christmas season kicks in.
What I have been waiting to tell you about are some wonderful things that will energize us all and help us to remember the real reason for this Christmas season. First of all, our wonderful Girl Scout troops have started their collections for the fourth annual Operation Snowflake snow clothes drive.
That beautiful box can be found once again in our Town Hall foyer. Remember the goal is to offer warm winter outerwear, such as winter jackets, boots, mittens, hats, snow pants, and scarves to school-aged children so that everyone can enjoy outdoor recess each day.
Our Girl Scouts started Operation Snowflake when Sabrina O’Neil noticed many kids were not permitted to enjoy recess during the winter season because they didn’t have the right protective clothing. The girls put their heads together and came up with a solution. I guess you could say together they found a way to think outside of the box.
Now, please, please, please, bring in new winter school-aged items you find on sale, or gently worn ones your own families do not need anymore. Special thanks to Cadette troops 51150, 10990, Junior Troop 51125, and Brownie and Daisy troops 58211 and 59133 and all their wonderful selfless leaders.
Well, I just took a little break to head to what we thought was going to be the 11:30 Mass at St. Mark's only to, thank goodness, check the website at the last minute, and learn that their last Sunday Mass is at 11 a.m. St. Jude’s to the rescue once again for the Farrells.
God does tend to put us where we are supposed to be! Oddly enough, Father Bob’s homily was about basically waking up, stop napping and to get ready. Prepare for this beautiful Christmas holiday season and also to prepare better in our own personal lives, too.
He reminded us that none of us know how much time we have in this world, so we should do our best to give our best, to forgive, maybe to think about someone we have stopped talking to for a reason we can barely remember and say, “Hey, I miss you” (that was me putting a few words in for Father Bob).
Now the gift from above for me today was as we were leaving a lovely woman at the end of our pew gave me the nicest smile. At first, I thought it was because we were leaving just a pinch before the final song was over. As we walked past, she asked if my name was Sherry. I said yes!
Nancy Burns of Derry, said that she enjoys reading our stories each week and that she really looks forward to them. She recognized me from my picture. The four of us, John and Nancy’s husband Dick, stood and talked for a little while. It turns out she had taught in Londonderry before we had a middle school. It also turned out that they have four grandchildren, and their little one is named Meredith. Nancy loves reading about my Meredith, too. Their Meredith lives in the exact same area of New Jersey that John grew up in. Nancy, Dick and John loved talking about the all the places in common they shared. Meeting them was my first gift of the season.
There is a wonderful man that I have been wanting to tell you about for some time now. His name is Steve Valido and he courier for the Town Hall. Steve is one of those people who always goes above and beyond, and not just during the Christmas season. One time he even drove all over, back and forth, just to help me out, on his own time. We just love and appreciate our Steve.
This is another way we can start to prepare for the Christmas season. Steve told us about the wonderful Gay Men’s Chorus (NHGMC) that he has been a member of for many years. In 2018, they celebrated their 20-year anniversary and performed for Gov. Chris Sununu and his Executive Council inside the State House. The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus 2019 Holiday Concert Series is called "Amid the Winter’s Snow." The first show is this Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Nashua. There are also shows at other locations on Dec. 8, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15. Just call 603-263-4333 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
John and I are so looking forward to it, maybe we will see you there. Something else I love about this group is that they do many outreach performances throughout the year at assisted living centers, interfaith services, civic groups and for other nonprofit events.
Now the very odd thing is that now we are waiting for our first snowstorm of the season to hit. I wonder by the time our newspaper goes to print, what kind of storm it will really be? Well, it’s cold and getting dark and I can’t believe it, but it’s now only 4 p.m. and I’m yawning again. I really want to take “that kind of nap."
Sherry Farrell is Londonderry Town Clerk and a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.