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June 26, 2013

ROOT: Some of my favorite things

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — What makes something your favorite?

Every once in a while I will get into these deep philosophical discussions with people that should know better and they will sometimes come up with something that makes me stop and think. In a recent discussion with a good friend of mine, she mentioned that her son asked what makes something her favorite. When she tried to give the cop-out, touchy-feely answer, he called her out on it.

So what makes something your favorite? For a person like me, who is always trolling around for something to write about, this seemed like a very interesting question. While I can appreciate the young man’s quest for knowledge, the touchy-feely answer is probably the best explanation.

In order to answer this question, I started to think about my favorite things. My favorite time of the year is fall. Why? Probably because there is no oppressive heat and there is no snow to shovel. The sky is a lovely shade of grey and the temperature hovers in the low 50’s to high 40’s. I like that. But why?

Maybe it is because I have a certain comfort level with that time of the year. I don’t like having to put forth an extra effort just because of the weather. In the summer, I am constantly trying to find ways to avoid melting. In the winter, shoveling and battling the ice dams in my gutters take up a big portion of my time. Spring to me is just wet and mushy. There isn’t any solid ground to stand on in spring.

So then we move on to my favorite holiday – Christmas. In my house, it is Christmas all year round. I cannot get enough of it. It drives my poor wife crazy. But why is Christmas my favorite? I think it has to do with that comfort level again. I like it when people actually try to be nice to each other for a change. I really like it when people get together to do Christmas projects that make the time of year a little more special. I have a comfort level when people are getting along and working together.

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