Call me crazy, but recently being all bundled up and heading into Chicago from Oak Park to stand in a cold street with a huge crowd of shivering, but warm-hearted strangers who are singing carols and collectively anticipating the thrill of watching a Chicago mayor throw a switch to light a single, 57-foot Christmas tree, is the holiday cheer that annually kicks off my season.
I've been out of the country in Thailand but now I'm back and will start posting more regularly. This post is in the words of a YMCA member. It's a before and after story really. It's also a what I'm thankful for story.