Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Another week I was not here, another week I was not there either. I was somewhere in my mind I would just as soon not be, ever been there? Have you ever been to that place in your mind where you hate to be but know you must go?
That is where I spent my Christmas. The weekend before Christmas my grandmother was put in the hospital and the week continued to ebb and flow right through to Christmas day. Christmas morning my mom lost her beloved little poodle but don’t be sad I had my moments.
There was the moment outside the arena I spoke to a total stranger, “Slow down honey, you have a half hour before the game starts.” To which she blessed me for saying that and proceeded to inform me she too, was dealing with elderly relatives. The conversation ended with being invited to her church, a heartfelt hug and ended with a real smile left on her face. Christmas is coming.
There was the moment I learned I would not be getting the printer my mom had wanted and the scavenger hunt was on. Great I actually have to shop!
I did and it always amazes me how people stand in line forever to purchase weird, know they are going to hate it, items for people they don’t even care about. I know this because who actually gets excited about an electric gravy boat? Sorry another story.
I had the moment I had to tell my girls (the dogs) they had moved to the naughty list and wonder if the ghost had something to do with it. Christmas Eve morning I awoke to trash scattered all over the kitchen but no ghost. Ms. Twister had left the trash lid off.
My crowning moment was another total stranger and a smile of other kind. I was minding my own business looking at the Chia pets, I so wanted an Obama chia pet, when I felt the woman on my heels.
Without thinking I blurted out, “Don’t you love these things and why don’t they have Obama?” The expression of “hold tight to my purse and don’t make eye contact” came over the woman. She softly replied, “I like the Chia pets but not the price,” and walked away.
As I completed shopping in that store I saw this same woman several times and every time… I caught a glimpse of a smile on her face, Christmas was here. Regardless that some poor soul, thinks of me as deranged.
Christmas has come and gone, now we await New Years and I plan on closing the year with a “Just so you know” post. Until then may your returns be few and your smiles be long lasting.