Let There Be Light

December 21, 2011


There really weren’t any fascinating people at the airport. No mullets, no ugly Christmas sweaters, no people running around in Confederacy suits like I saw one year. There was a Santa at the Southwest terminal taking pictures with people. I shunned him in favor of reading The Hunger Games. Which I finished on the plane.

The Hunger Games was fascinating — and kind of horrifying. It’s basically like a modern take on the Roman gladiator battles. They’ve dressed it up — the combatants get television interviews, amazing costumes, good food. But it’s a barbaric fight to the death. I sometimes wonder if something like the gladiator battles could happen again, and then I flip by something like UFC on television and I sadly think, yes, yes it could. Yuck.

So I’m back home in Minnesota. My dad still lives in Minneapolis, and my mom is remarried and now lives in a small town up in northern Minnesota. I’ll be staying with my dad down here in the Cities for the next few days. My dad immediately made me help him set up his new Gmail account (he’s getting fancy) and update his LinkedIn profile. (This is my dad who didn’t update from DSL until two years ago.) Once that was settled, he opened a bottle of champagne, we toasted to my being home, and we watched a movie. Good to be home.

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah! My mom had a card waiting for me at my dad’s house. She is a good wannabe-Jewish mommy.

My dad indulged me while I lit the candles and said my Hebrew blessing. I also found a reading that goes with the first night of Hanukkah.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. … And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. — Genesis 1:2-5; 14-18

Let there be light. And there was light.

Ok, I best be going. I’ve got Minnesota to explore, you know. Have a lovely times day!


3 Responses to “Let There Be Light”

  1. Debbie Johnson said

    Hey girlie! Welcome back to the promised land! :>) If you get to your Mom’s neck of the woods, give us a call and come visit. I know my girls would LOVE to see you. Have a wonderful Christmas, dear friend!

  2. Ash said

    Charles in Charge, welcome to 2011.

  3. t said

    And thank you, for being one of those lights =)

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