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As excited as a 6-year-old
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:11 PM

Why is it a 61-year-old man has as much anticipation and excitement for Christmas as a 6 year-old?

My guess is because he has so much to be thankful for in life.

It’s awful that our anticipation of the holiday was broken last Friday by the sobering news of the murders in Connecticut.

There is much that we don’t understand about the world and certain people.

Their actions, particularly against children, are so horrendous that we can never get our minds to understand how one portion of their brain could justify such actions.

Many people wonder why awful things continue to happen at a seemingly increasing pace.

The world we live in brings greater attention to situations such as what took place in Connecticut to a wider audience and almost instantaneously.

The good news for those who believe such acts are signs of the apocalypse is that the history of the world has seen outrageous acts since the dawn of man.

If you choose to use the Bible as a history book, look no further than Cain and Abel.

The human race has been witness to countless acts of horror done in the name of pride, greed, and evil.

It says something about all of us that we can witness and endure such acts, and still have the strength of character to bounce back.

We love life
We are survivors because we love life and the possibility of what lies ahead.

I don’t want to simplify what happened in the world last Friday because when such actions take place it is much easier for bystanders, like us, to cry for the victims and the survivors and then move on with our own lives.

If that sounds selfish, well, none of us can apologize for what we are.

I am a hopeful person. I believe our nation and our world can endure despite the heartless actions such as those in Connecticut, Afghanistan, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.

1 way to cope
And one way many of us endure is through the celebration of Christmas.

The belief that the birth of a child thousands of years ago somehow made this entire world a special place.

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Yet somehow that belief in something greater than all of us - blind faith because there is no reasonable explanation - makes our lives worth living.

So next Tuesday maybe more sobering for us than normal because the wounds in our national psyche are fresher than we’d like them to be.

Hopefully, you have enough people in your life, no matter what your age or station, to hold them and express your love.

That’s what I plan on doing anyway.

For those of you who read this space every week, especially Mike and Donna Hinssen, let this be my Christmas card to you.

I like to bring a smile to the faces of my friends and family and that’s how I think of you who choose to read these words.

So, in the immortal words of the great Clement Clarke Moore: Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Bob Hyle covers sports and writes a weekly column for The Harrison Press. He lives in Bright.