For all the joy and hope Christmas brings to some, it can mean the searing pain of loneliness to others.
I had just pulled onto I-65 at the Franklin exit when I saw a hitchhiker holding a sign that said "Chicago."
My wife's words were echoing in my ears, "Don't pick up strangers when you're out on the road."
Wives are like that. But he looked too old to be much of a threat. Besides, there was a nasty looking cloud moving in from the west. I pulled over and stopped and he climbed in beside me.