Christmas at Aunt Sally and Uncle Mitch’s House
Bill Quick

My aunt and uncle were, by Muncie standards, pretty wealthy folks – not super wealthy, like the Ball Family,  (Ball Brothers) but “well off.”

In the mid-1950s they built a new house in the then-radical Mid-Century modern style, using lots of redwood and Indiana limestone. The living room was 40′ by 40′, gigantic for the time and place.

They had a huge limestone fireplace, and a fire crackled in it all through the holidays. The Christmas tree was always on one side or the other of that fireplace, and I spent a lot of happy times there, gazing into the fire, the lights of the tree twinkling at the corner of my eye, and Aunt Sally’s vast vinyl album collection of Christmas carols – Der Bingle featured heavily – playing on the hi-fi (remember hi-fis?)

When I got into my early teens, I discovered a talent for wrapping Christmas gifts. My uncle gave out a lot of business-oriented gifts, and he hired me to wrap them at a buck a box. One year I made more than a hundred bucks doing that.

Good times.

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


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