Did things ever get so bad for you that you wished you had never been born?
That’s what happened to George Bailey, the character that actor Jimmy Stewart played in the movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The movie is one of the classics being shown at the Horry County Museum and will be shown on Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
I watch that movie at least once every Christmas and Hanukkah season and know most every word of the dialogue.
All of us don’t have such an unlikely angel as Clarence -- the angel who stopped George Bailey from jumping into a freezing river-- to appear when we are at our lowest and immediately cause us to have to divert our attention away from feeling sorry for ourselves and act quickly to save another person’s life. Or to show us what the world around us would have been like had we never lived.
As Clarence walks with Bailey through a different town than the one Bailey was such a part of, he explains why nothing is the same. Small or large acts by Bailey from childhood on had made his small town and the lives of most everyone in it so much better than the town and people he was seeing. The life he thought meant nothing suddenly meant more than he could have ever dreamed.
Over the years, I’ve met many people who unselfishly work to make the world a better place, often by improving one life at a time. You change things, sometimes for generations of people, with kind acts that come naturally from giving hearts. What would Christmas or everyday life be like for so many children and adults, if you had never lived?
Many of you have sacrificed your lives serving this country and its people in the military, as a police officer, a firefighter, an emergency services responder, a doctor, a nurse and in hundreds of other capacities. Imagine the difference if you had never lived.
As the holidays approach, I see people writing on social media, and hear others say that they are not looking forward to the holidays because there will be an empty chair, left by someone who has died.
We have so many memories of our loved ones who are not here. Good and bad memories, with the good hopefully far outweighing the bad. We miss them because they left their mark on us and in our lives.
What if they had never lived?
The Horry County Museum is at 805 Main Street in Conway. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 915-5320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Museum’s website at www.horrycountymuseum.org.
Peggy Mishoe, email@example.com, 365-3885.