Merry Christmas to you
As we enter this holiday season,
we eagerly make plans to be with members of our family. Our long-held
traditions make this a time when we want to be with those we hold most
Our desire to be with family
peaks during Christmas time.
We, as individuals, change
with each passing year. Yet, the Christmas we came to know as youngsters
stays the same in many ways.
Our elders share family traditions
handed down to them. New family members add to the joy of the season.
We plan Christmas around our children and grandchildren and warmly embrace
their expressions of happiness and joy. In many ways, we enjoy our Christmas
Communications between family
and friends are at a peak now. Mailboxes are filled with greeting cards.
Telephones and doorbells ring often. The icon indicating that we "have
mail" on our personal computers flashes often.
This year our Christmas is
changed because our peace has been shattered through indiscriminate acts
of terrorism. During this Christmas season, we will think more keenly
about those in public service and those in military service who secure
our peace. We can more clearly see now that our nation's heroes are those
who put their own life at risk to ensure peace for our families.
As we bring this eventful
year to a close, we thank all of our readers for keeping in touch with
us. It's good to know what you think about the topics we report on. By
sharing your views, you help us do our jobs better.
We sincerely appreciate you
taking the time to call, write or e-mail us throughout the year.
We are thankful for the many
good things we have accomplished by working together and we make a solemn
resolution to work with you throughout the coming year for the benefit
of all we serve.
On behalf of your Rural Missouri
staff and all of us who work in rural electrification, we wish you and
your family a merry Christmas and a blessed and peaceful New Year. And
to those who each day put their lives on the line to secure our peace,
we also express our deep and lasting gratitude.
Stork was executive
vice president of the Association of Missouri
Electric Cooperatives and a member of Three Rivers Electric Co-op.