Christmas is coming and my thoughts to Scrooge stray.
He’s a much maligned fellow whom we should praise to-day.
I see that you doubt me, but don’t turn away.
Did he waste? Not a shilling, not a penny nor pence.
And with fuel he was frugal – no heat up his vents.
And then population was much on his mind;
He did not reproduce any more of his kind.
Did he save? Yes he did, with a great deal of thought.
He was cautious and careful of each thing he bought;
Skimped on food, coal and water, so it’s my conclusion,
That Scrooge was against all types of pollution.
He wasn’t like Cratchet who spent much time in bed,
Producing five or six children who had to be fed.
Nor like his silly nephew, who liked parties and song,
Anybody that happy must have done something wrong.
A true man of the people was Scrooge in the story.
Parsimony and thrift should bring this man great glory.
So do be like Scrooge, be careful and smart,
Then you’ll help save the earth before you depart.
Yes, save the good earth, the trees, water and air,
Then the next generation will know that you care.
Elizabeth Hearn Milner, 2018
Have a happy Christmas and we can all hope that the
the coming year will be a better one for all.
Editor’s Notes: It became now a tradition that Elizabeth Hearn Milner writes us a poem each year. Elizabeth Hearn Milner grew up in Aurora from 1945 to 1965. She is a historian, a lecturer, a writer, and a painter. She has degrees from several universities and has taught for over 30 years. She wrote several books including Aurora 1945-1965, An Ontario Town at a Time of Great Change and her latest Aurora Memories and More available from Aurora Historical Society (Hillary House) and at the Caruso and Co. both located at Yonge Street in Aurora ON.