November 30, 2019

Let’s Keep it Even

In Cedarfield tradition, the Pastoral Care Team created this compilation of holiday memoirs by team members and residents. We will share one a day through the holidays. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Jacqueline Chaplin, Resident

My parents never wanted to have the appearance of favoritism between my brother and me, so they worked especially hard to make the Christmas gifts “even” between the two of us. They would go shopping, and at the end of the day if they discovered they had spent $10 more on one of us than the other, they would go back out and spend $10 on the other. Yes, they always worked very hard to keep things even between the two of us. One Christmas gift I was especially fond of, which was quite unique in its day, was a walkie-talkie. I imagine, since it was a gift we shared, it wasn’t so hard to “keep it even.” My brother’s room was on one end of the house, and mine was on the opposite end. Since a wireless anything was very unusual at that time, the two radios were connected by a very long cord. We ran that cord down the hall through the center of the house, took those walkie-talkies into our rooms, and radioed back and forth keeping communication lines open day and night. What a great memory!

“Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.”
–Robert Lynd