"Where you goin', when we're havin' fun right here?" and I show them why Betty is Christmas lost and why Granny needs to bring her home and anyone else today.
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It takes less than an hour for Elmer to get us to Alexandria, but we find Betty in her house, sittin' alone again. It's different this year for my Betty than it was in Cloutierville. Her Bill died last year, her son five years before. Betty moved to Alexandria to be near where her son lived, and when he died she couldn't afford to move back to Cloutierville.
On Christmas there was Betty, sittin' and cryin' by her window, and Elmer said, "Come Betty now, it's holidays. We're takin' you to our house. We don't want you home alone." Betty is Elmer's third cousin, but we know her all her life. And Betty tells us of someone she knows in Alexandria who's by hisself as well, so we go and get him too.
Granny's family knows what Christmas really means and why it is a symbol of what we ought to do. When Granny hears that holidays are for families, she tells her folk it really means much more.
"A baby was born in a manger because there was no room in the inn or anyone's house when his mama was givin' birth. People was home with families just like they are today. But the story of that baby means we take our strangers home, especially when they're lonely or lost with nowhere else to go."
And Granny wonders with an aching heart how many folks say holidays is family time and brought no stranger home.