Holiday Welcome - Gerald Anderson

Gerald AndersonTaylor City Councilman, Gerald Anderson, was among the six speakers presenting oral histories at the second "Deep in the Heart of Taylor" story night at Taylor's Moody Museum, March 23, 2019.

Growing up in a house with nine kids and three adults, there was always music, love and laughter - never a dull moment. We played sports in the large back yard that we referred to as Texas Stadium or Disch-Falk Field and we all played Family Feud or The Price is Right - always some kind of activity around our home or the neighborhood.

One thing I noticed as I got older was there were always unfamiliar people around our dinner table, especially during the holidays. Right before Thanksgiving, my grandmother would have us put this blue star on the roof of our house. We never understood the importance, but lighting it up was always a happy time. It could be seen all over the neighborhood.

When I finally asked her why it was so important, she replied that holidays are the best and worst times in people's lives. Some have nowhere to go and no one that cares about them. The blue star lets people know that during the holidays, they are always welcome here, with someone who cared about them, even if we didn't know them. She would feed a passer-by any time of the year, but she especially loved sharing the holiday spirit with people.

We hadn't lit up the blue star since she passed in 2000, but this year it will be shining bright. Hopefully, people will know this is a house of love and compassion and that we too will share the spirit of the holidays with anyone that needs it.

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