‘Twas The Holiday Season
By Mike MacPherson, President and CEO
‘Twas the holiday season two thousand eighteen
And the years been a bit stranger than others we’ve seen.
Turn in any direction and all you see is unrest.
Suggesting the year wasn’t one of the best.
Yet we here at Freedom have been plugging along
Serving our community and still growing strong.
I sat planning in my office snuggled up in a sweater
Racking my brain to try and make things a little bit better.
When suddenly outside I heard such a clatter,
I leapt to my feet to see what was the matter.
I raced from my desk and up to the window
But I spied not at thing up above or below.
Then what, in amazement, should suddenly appear
But a man dressed in red, his face full of fear.
He hung from the roof grasping what appeared to be garland
And he struggled to speak as he grew more disheartened.
He bellowed, “please let me in or else I will fall”
I said, “But these windows are solid. They don’t open at all”.
“Hold on tight”, I exclaimed. “I’ll come to your aid”
And I flew out the doors on my noble crusade.
I had no ladder, no mattress or cushions
But it was only two stories and there were plenty of bushes
I said. “Drop on down. I’ll guide you to safety”.
A bold statement for sure cuz the man was quite weighty.
I gave him a nod and he smiled with glee
But I misjudged the wind and he landed on me.
For someone so large it didn’t hurt like you’d think
And he popped to his feet with a chuckle and wink.
He laughed, and he jiggled, and I knew right away
That it was Santa himself that squashed me this day.
I said, “Santa, what happened? Why are you here?”
“And what caused you to dangle from my rooftop this year?”
Santa said, “My controls went crazy with a fizzle and a poof
Then I plummeted through the air and crashed on your roof.
It seems all the bad weather and atmospheric disturbance,
Means my sleigh needs an upgrade with some extra deterrence.”
I said, “Freedom has many members from military and business
That can respond to assist with efficiency and quickness.”
So we reached out to our members and contacts far and wide.
To see who would help out and be by Santa’s side.
When the word went out about poor Santa’s wreck
Help came in droves with the latest materials and tech.
The sleigh was upgraded with Vibranium, trans warp accelerator,
Given a TARDIS infusion then paired with a PU-36 space modulator.
Santa sighed with relief knowing he’d soon be back to his activities
And his sleigh could now handle anything that might stop his deliveries.
Not a surprise since credit unions and members understand
The importance of community and how to lend a helping hand.
“I can’t thank you enough,” Santa said, “for all that you’ve done.
You’ve all been so caring and helpful, each and every one.
You really came through in my time of desperation
And showed that a credit union is not just some faceless corporation.”
When all the work was complete, and the time had drawn near
Santa boarded his sleigh and threw her into gear.
Then we heard him exclaim, as he left a vapor trail in the night,
“Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night.”