Iowa Park got the "Marley Memo"
It’s been one of those weeks where I haven’t had a coherent thought.
I’ve had several of them, and since they’ve been mostly less than reader-friendly, I’m going to share the thought I did have that I hope carries you into the Christmas season with a happier heart.
Along with food and gratitude, my only other Thanksgiving tradition is watching A Christmas Carol (the one with George C. Scott - not Picard or Scrooge McDuck, OK? Thanks.) on Thanksgiving weekend.
The story gives me hope for a kinder world; for positive change; and that the person who irritates me most in the world probably does have a heart, if only I had a larger magnifying glass and more faith.
It reminds me people like Ebeneezer Scrooge can change. It reminds me there are people who try to live open to the goodness of everyone, like Bob Cratchit –Cratchit was woke (enlightened in a good way), by the way.
As was Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s business partner, except he got woke after he died, which is ironic, but it plays heavily into the story line.
One of my favorite exchanges was early in the movie between Marley and Scrooge.
In the scene, Marley, now dead, is wearing chains he accumulated in life, but were invisible until he crossed over. I think he was surpised by this. Scrooge definitely was.
Marley: “My spirit never walked beyond our counting house. In life, my spirit never roved beyond the narrow limits of our money changing hole.”
Scrooge: “No doubt of that. You always were a good man of business.”
Marley: “Business?!?! Mankind was my business! The common welfare was my business. Charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
Scrooge: “I’m sorry for you, Jacob. Is there anything I can do for you?”
Marley: “For me? Nay. It is too late. But I have come for your sake, Ebeneezer.”
Scrooge: “Have you? Well you always were a good friend. “
Every time I watch it I get something new and different from it. It reminds me the world is not so scary, and living in fear - as Scrooge did - kept him from being happy and from giving love.
After a painful hero’s journey that happened inside of one night – where Scrooge is visited not only by the ghost of Marley, but also the ghosts of Christmas present, past and future – he emerges Christmas morning a changed man.
He is no longer afraid that his generosity will be taken advantage of, but instead understands the only way to be free is to have genuine compassion for his fellow man, especially those suffering.
It’s the Christmas season, y’all, and Iowa Park apparently got what I call the “Marley Memo.”
This Saturday is all about love, charity, and the meaning of the season in the Town of Friendly Living.
The day will begin with Iowa Park Volunteer Firemen at intersections to collect donations for Kidz Christmas; and a Santa 5k run will be held at Gordon Lake Saturday morning with all proceeds going to Kidz Christmas.
Saturday night, Iowa Park’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade will lead the community to Tom Burnett Memorial Library where kids can visit with Santa and have some refreshments. The entry fees for the parade are going to the IPVFD’s Kidz Christmas program.
Saturday will close with an Angel Lighting Ceremony at Gordon Lake, the proceeds of which will go to - you guessed it - Kidz Christmas.
Kidz Christmas is Iowa Park’s program to ensure all children in our community have Christmas. I could not be more proud of our community’s collective heart, led by volunteers.
So, give what you can for the children here; and also give what you can to the Iowa Park Food Pantry.
Iowa Park has a thriving and serious business community, but we know how to walk outside our counting houses.
Wishing you the spirit of the season, and all of the Christmas ghosts.