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GRAND OLD TIMES A Publication of Grand Gateway Area Agency on Aging Serving Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers <& Washington Counties November/December 2012 Grand Gateway Area Agency on Aging Staff Kay Carter, Director Theresa Greer Planner/Assistant Director Barbara Dove Information & Assistance Coordinator / Editor Patricia Parret Caregiver Project Director Lahona Young, Ombudsman Elaine Evans, Ombudsman Shannon Fellers, Bookkeeper 1-800-482-4594 aaa Assistance. Advocacy. Answers on Aging. Case Management Team Larry Hughes, CM Supervisor Bill Steele, Case Manager Deanna Green, Case Manager Connie Patrick, Case Manager Trisha Dodd, Case Manager 1-877-446-8885 1-918-783-5761 Fax: 1-918-783-5829 The Soldier's Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live. I looked all about a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand. On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands. With medals and badges, awards of all kinds a sober thought came through my mind. For this house was different, so dark and dreary, I knew I found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly. I heard stories about them, I had to see more. So I walked down the hall and pushed open the door, and there he lay sleeping silent alone, curled up on the floor in his one bedroom home. His face so gentle, his room in such disorder, not how I pictured a United States soldier. Was this the hero of whom I'd just read? Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed? His head was clean shaven, his weathered face tan, I soon understood this was more than a man. For I realized the families I saw that night owe their lives to these men who were willing to fight. Soon round the world, the children would play, and grownups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day. They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year, because of soldiers like this one lying here. The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice, "Santa don't cry, this life is my choice; I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more, My life is my God, my country, my Corps." With that he rolled over and drifted off to sleep. I couldn't control it, I continued to weep. I watched him for hours, so silent and still, I noticed he shivered from the cold night's chill. I took off my jacket, the one made of red, and I covered this soldier from his toes to his head. I put on his T-shirt of gray and black, with an eagle and an Army patch embroidered on back. Although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride, and for a shining moment, I was United States Army deep inside. I didn't want to leave him on that cold dark night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight. Then the soldier rolled over, whispered with a voice so clean and pure, "Carry on Santa, it is Christmas Day, all is secure." One look at my watch and I knew he was right. Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good nighti We want all of our military service men and women and their families, to know how much we appreciate all the sacrifices they have made for our freedom. May God richly bless each one of you !
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GGEDA (Grand Gateway Economic Development Association), Oklahoma
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|Title||Grand old times, 11-12/2012|
|Authors||Grand Gateway Area Agency on Aging.|
|Purpose||The Soldier's Night Before Christmas; Daybreak of Grove Opens New Program in Fairland; Forget Counting Sheep; 7 Things Your Auto Mechanic Wants You to Know; Myths about Reverse Mortgages; Medicare part D Open Enrollment; Visiting Loved Ones in Long-Term Care during the Holidays; Dr. Oz Gives Us a Warning!|
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