A nice greeting from a young boy

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Column by Jim Clark

The other day, I was walking down the aisle of a bustling department store here in Ocala, generally minding my own business, heading for the area that had my interest.
Approaching me in the opposite direction was a woman who had a boy with her. He looked to be about 8 years old.
As we got close to one another, the boy looked up at me, smiled, and said “Merry Christmas.” I responded with a “thank you, Merry Christmas to you.”
We both continued on our separate paths, never to see each other again.
After it sank in, I wished I had turned around and said something to that woman, something like, “Wow. Somebody’s teaching that boy correctly.”
In this day and age, when the first two words out of a lot of children’s mouths are “I want,” it was so nice to see a youngster thinking of greeting someone else.
It got me thinking about people I’d like to see giving each other sincere Christmas greetings. In some cases, I could only think of titles, but here goes:
Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin (they could do it by diplomatic cable).
Donald Trump and Jeb Bush (they could do it by just making faces at each other).
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz (they could do it in Spanish).
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (they could send it by e-mail or post it in their online strategy, where the other would be sure to see it).
Tim Cook and John Chen (that’s the Apple CEO and the Blackberry CEO, they could send each other a text).
Steve Harvey and either Miss Philippines or Miss Colombia (Harvey announced that Miss Colombia had won the Miss Universe Pageant, but Miss Philippines was the actual winner).
Our liberal letter writers and our conservative letter writers (not likely).
Odell Beckham and Josh Norman (again, not likely. They are two football players who had some nasty exchanges in Sunday’s Carolina-New York Giants game. If you can catch the highlights, you’ll know why).
Pete Rose and anyone in baseball’s front office (I’ll give you 2 to 1 odds you can figure out why).
Pope Francis and the leaders of ISIS (wouldn’t that be a step in the right direction?)
And finally, me and any New York Yankees fan (one exception, my wife is a Yankees fan … we’re a mixed marriage).
Hopefully, this has caused all of you to think of someone you ordinarily wouldn’t exchange Christmas greetings with, and that you will remedy the situation with a card or a call. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring Peace on Earth to men of good will?
Merry Christmas, everyone.

Jim Clark is the editor of the West Marion Messenger and South Marion Citizen.