Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores
Photographer Patricia Gulick

Thursday, December 24, 2015

12/24/15 RMB Christmas Eve 2015

12/24/15 RMB Christmas Eve 2015   

Dear Rita Mae Brown,

I walked up to a clerk in a pharmacy chain store shortly after four this evening. “What time do you close?”

He said, “We don’t. We’re open 24 hours.”

I was surprised and that gave him a touch of pride, for having surprised me, or for being one of those stores that defies the holiday, or for having a job and work to do that pulls one away, even from a holiday such as this. I’m not sure which.

By the time I walked away, we made eye contact, acknowledging to one another that this 24 hours is a bit different than most.

The holidays stir us, mix us together for festivities, and make strangers kinder. Emotions tumble about. Old friends reconnect. Family is family, by blood or friendship or choice, or all of the above, the music remains the same, the music of the heart.

Happy Holidays,


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