The most beloved Christmas poem of all time begins with the phrase “‘Twas the night before Christmas.” Although it speaks of a family’s preparation for Santa’s visit, here at the office we are on the eve of a new year and there is the usual hustle and bustle to plan the 2010 calendar, review 2009’s programs and finish up on details that have patiently waited on our attention.
I am beyond the age of sitting on Santa’s lap, but I still find the need to prepare a list and hopefully someone will check it twice. If my “wish list” is a vision, I have those “sugarplums” dancing around in my head as I prepare for a long winter and my final 2009 column in Farm and Dairy.
At times, I am lively and quick, but in some moments I ponder on “gifts” that would enhance the new year. So with a wink of my eye and a twist of my wrist, I have gone to work recording a list for the jolly old soul at the North Pole.
Here’s hoping that my name is on his nice list, instead of the naughty one.
Following is my wish list.
– That every dairy 4-Her will find personal success with a dairy program or project in 2010.
– More time to once again thank all of our contributors and volunteers who value dairy youth. You are my version of Santa Claus without the beards as white as snow.
– Increased stamina and wisdom to compose all those zillions of questions for Ohio’s Dairy Quiz Bowl.
– An improved dairy economy for those college graduates who really would like to return to their home farms.
– Another Ohio State Fair with mild temperatures, an enthusiastic parlor crew, cordial staff and cheerful exhibitors.
– Extra patience to deal with web pages, computers, and EXCEL spread sheets.
– More intuition when it comes to teaching and learning!
– More college students (just like last year’s edition) that have given me reason to smile.
– More photos of the great times spent with the judging teams and our 4-H programs to remember just how much these experiences have enriched my life!
– Dazzling creativity when it comes to facing the challenges that the dairy industry provided us in 2009.
– Improved communication between consumers and the dairy industry and may I always find joy in watching kids as they milk a cow for the very first time!
The list could go on and on, but I hear the deadline whistle for this column. My reindeer do not have antlers, but udder attachments! They cannot fly away, but I can call out their names as I dash away.
Just hear me explain as I run out of time, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a happy AND healthy 2010!”