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Carnie's Comments - One Special Christmas

I got text messages, e-mails and a phone call early yesterday afternoon from people who were listening to The Heartland at Noon on CHAB.  They were reacting to a most heart-warming visit I had with Laurie and Derek Freeman of Moose Jaw. 

The local couple, unable to have their own children, set out to adopt years ago and the process took them to an orphanage in Ukraine where they fell in love with two little boys and their sister.  Karl, Sebi and little girl Iboya will celebrate their first Canadian Christmas this weekend. 

Laurie and Derek shared their story while their three, beautiful children sat quietly in the CHAB studio, wide-eyed, content and happy. 

We talked about some photos Derek shared on social media earlier this year.  One of the little ones on the day they left the orphanage - their cute, little faces with trepidation written all over them.  Beside that photo another one taken four months later here in Moose Jaw- their faces full of hope and happiness. 

Derek and I got a little choked up when we talked about that.  

It was minutes later a friend of mine sent a text that read, "If you don't get a tear in your eye, you may not have a heart." 

Carnie's Comments - It Feels Like Christmas

I can't tell Christmas stories like Gipp Forster but I've got a few. 

Oh, I remember most of the good times - the fun and the food - the family, friends and fellowship.  But one Christmas I'll never forget was in 1985.  I was 20 years old and the low man on the roster at the radio station in North Battleford.  I had to work over the holidays. 

I went for a walk after my shift and found one neighbourhood eatery was open so I decided to treat myself to a pizza that night.  After I dined, I called home to exchange good wishes with my family.  Everybody was in Moose Jaw at mom and dad's place.  I was so homesick that day. 

I talked to my sisters and my brother and my dad and then mom came on the phone.  I could tell by her voice she was a little emotional.  She'd never had a Christmas without the baby of the family.  She asked me what I was having for dinner and I told her I had a pizza.  She cried. 

She said, "You can't eat pizza for Christmas dinner!" 

I said, "Yes, I can.  I did.  And it was delicious." 

Merry Christmas! 

Carnie's Comments - Local History

So, a local fellow went to the always entertaining Moose Jaw Dayz Facebook page to ask, "Does anyone know what year the Kinsmen Arena was built?"  The replies are entertaining and some inaccurate, as usual. 

I'm not sure of the exact date but it was during the winter of 1975-76.  I was there along with hundreds of others for the grand opening.  Everyone was invited to bring their skates for free public skating.  Hundreds of us took a twirl that night.  It was so exciting. 

I grew up across the street and spent a lot of time at "The Kinsmen", playing and coaching hockey and, as a boy, working the scoreboard and penalty box for late night recreational hockey on the weekends. 

One night, when I was in grade 6, I worked three no-hit hockey league games with the last one wrapping up after midnight.  On my way out the door, I ran into one of my teachers.  She was there watching her husband play.   

She asked, "Are you here alone?" 

I said, "Yes, I am." 

She said, "Where are your mom and dad?" 

I said, "They're at home, sleeping." 

I gave her a reassuring nod and a wry smile and that was the end of that conversation. 

Carnie's Comments - Facebook Friday

It's Facebook Friday.  I find the funnies just for you. 

This one, "Don't expect any New Year's resolutions from me.  I intend to remain the same awkward, sarcastic, foul-mouthed delight you've all come to know and love." 

Here's a friend who shares, "I wish Santa would publish his naughty list.  What a great way to meet fun, new people!" 

This guy writes, "Dear Santa, All I want is a fat bank account and a skinny body.  Please don't mix it up again like last year." 

Here's a sassy gal I follow who says, "Male reindeer lose their antlers in winter and females don't so Santa's sleigh is actually pulled by a team of women...of course it is." 

Another letter to Santa reads, "Dear Santa, I've been good all year...most of the time...once in a while...Never mind.  I'll buy my own stuff." 

And, how about a feel-good post to finish?  "It doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full.  Be grateful that you have a glass and there's something in it." 

Carnie's Comments - Another COVID Christmas?

Are you looking forward to gathering with family and friends this Holiday Season?   

More of us are planning to celebrate in-person compared to last year but the numbers are still less than pre-pandemic levels and, most Canadians say they'll only spend time with people who are fully vaccinated. 

An Angus Reid poll, released just days ago, found most of us, 73%, are fearful that our friends and family might get sick.  The poll found those who are most afraid of getting COVID themselves are 55 and older.  About 66% of us are worried and people in that demographic are also less likely to go to a family celebration or visit with friends. 

The poll found 80% of us will have a family dinner this Christmas and while that's 22% more than last year it's still 8% less than 2019. 

Also, 61% of us says we only plan to interact with people who are fully vaccinated this Holiday Season. 

Something tells me many of us will be having some difficult conversations about vaccinations and boundaries in the coming days. 

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