PEACE, LOVE AND JOY: Reflections AT YEAR'S END

kalalou headquarters, jackson, ms

kalalou headquarters, jackson, ms

Do you see it?

Sometimes it’s challenging…. perhaps even obscured at times - by a world overcome with far too many self-serving agendas. But make no mistake, thankfully, it’s there!

In these waning days of 2017, many of us are still stretched pretty thin…. with so many tasks yet left to complete.  

But on this afternoon, fate has stepped in – I’ve slipped off to make good on a promise to a young man (my youngest son, Hayes).  So here we sit, nestled in a beautiful hardwood bottom overlooking the Big Black River in perhaps our favorite corner of rural Mississippi.  The weather is not cooperating, but the scenery, and company, are truly priceless.  As the afternoon slowly fades, and Hayes settles in for a nap – I can’t help but recognize that this was much needed therapy for my soul!  And in the serenity of the moment, I find myself reflecting back on this past year…. something I really wish I did more often. For it’s in this reflection that I’m able to find the balance, better yet, perspective, that far too often escapes me in the frantic pace of this life that we all lead.  And you know what? 

Beyond a needed self-assessment, I find clarity – I SEE it! I see it in every ounce of my mother’s actions – always making sure that everyone around her (even now) is taken care of – with never a “want” for herself. I see it in the relentless commitment of our team here at Kalalou – coming in early and/or staying late, helping the customer or teammate in the capacity needed, and with a cheerful heart.   

I see it in the retailer that puts their own personal needs/schedule aside and returns to the locked door after closing to accommodate a distressed customer. I see it in the many that prior to putting a single gift under their own tree, make it a point to secure a good Christmas for those on the Angel Trees. I see it in former Angel Tree recipients that remember what effect the kindness of others had on their holidays, and are now paying it forward by securing a great holiday for others that are less fortunate.

HAYES MCKAY

HAYES MCKAY

I see it in the simple sharing of an unexpected, kind word. “It,” simply put, is the unmistakable magic of the season….. it is love! And on behalf of our entire Kalalou family, this holiday season, may you - our valued customers and friends – count your blessings and revel in your own joys! We sincerely thank you for all that you do and wish you all the Peace, Love, Joy, and Prosperity that the season and New Year can bring!

Sincerely,
Josh

Looking Back: The Citadelle

We were flying over mountains and valleys in a tiny airplane to get to Cape Haitian, a seaside village located on the north shore of Haiti. Something kept trying to come to the forefront of my memory… a nagging feeling… something I should remember. Then, it hit me… I asked our Haitian guide, “Somewhere between here and there, isn’t it possible that we will fly near the Citadelle?” “Right over it,” he replied. The Citadelle, an ancient French fort built at the beginning of the 19th century was a subject of a painting that I knew well. It had been painted by a young artist… a girl of 14… from a tiny picture out of an old national geographic. The young artist tried her hand at rendering the small photograph in oils. It developed into a very large and magnificent work of art that, years later, hung in the young woman’s house where she raised a family. As we flew over it that day, I was consumed by chills as I peered out of the tiny plane. It was exactly as the young girl had painted it 46 years ago… it was exactly as I remembered it… remembering the painting that hung in our house as I grew up. In the house where the young girl raised a family… the young girl who is my mom.