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The Shawnee News-Star
  • How Christmas shopping proved I'm a grown-up

  • I've legally been adult for more than a decade now, but sometimes I don't feel like one. By obsessing over video games or picking the latest-starting classes in college, I spent years delaying the inevitable move to responsibility.
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  • I've legally been adult for more than a decade now, but sometimes I don't feel like one. By obsessing over video games or picking the latest-starting classes in college, I spent years delaying the inevitable move to responsibility. While I did have a lot of fun in college, adulthood has its perks. One perk I've recently become more conscious of is the ability to give back. Specifically, this has come in the form of two families my Sunday School class adopted for the holidays. Both families were directly affected by the May tornadoes. I'm a graduate of Moore High School. I was attending Moore Public Schools when a tornado went through the city on May 3, 1999. I say that to say I've experienced the damage major storms can do my whole life. Immediately after this spring's storms, someone I respect shared an idea that's been rolling around in my head lately. They said eventually the spotlight would move elsewhere and more work would need to be done in the coming months and years. That brings us to the holiday season. This is the time of year most folks are either loads of goodies or stretching what they have to buy an extra gift for someone they care for. For my wife and me, gifts are purchased for each other, our respective parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. We don't have kids (human ones that is). So it was really cool when the chance came up to buy gifts for someone half our age that has quite possibly lost everything they owned. Of course that meant browsing the toy and entertainment sections of our local Target. I have to say that it was awesome looking for something that someone else wanted. It also gave us a chance to get some ideas for the above list of family members. I'm looking at you nieces and nephews. Here's to a holiday season of giving great gifts!

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