I'm afraid that today's pictures are not nearly as happy as previous days' have been. I was in a funk when I took these pictures. Rather than re-shoot them, I have decided to put them in here after all.
Christmas is not a joyous occasion for everyone. For millions of people, it is a time to be reminded, over and over (and over!) that other people have it better, that other people have families, that other people have a joy about them that is impossible to ignore. These millions of people do not have that warm and fuzzy feeling about the holidays that is supposed to make this time of year feel special.
This evening, as I was waiting to rendezvous with Patricia at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court, I looked about. I saw families munching on whatever, I saw kids on the lower level lined up to see Santa Claus, and I saw people carrying pretty bags full of expensive things they will give to friends in an effort to impress and show how much money they make. Even though Visa and Mastercard paid for those things.
I reflected on the items I listed in the previous paragraph. I turned on my BlackBerry's camera and switched the camera to point to me. And I took the following photos.
Sorry about bringing down the mood today. It has been one of those days for me, one of those days when I can't help but to reflect on my life and how it has turned out, and where it is going. I will be better tomorrow.
I am off work on Friday. No more Christmas tie pictures until Monday at the latest. I may elect to take a picture or two at the Frank Christmas party Saturday evening.
See you tomorrow.