Gifts Received ... and not received
December 26, 2007

What I got:

  • a reminder that all families fight ... and somehow most of them come through it
  • the memory of Dec 24, 2007 ... one of the most beautiful days and nights of my life
  • a more full understanding that the people around me listen to me and genuinely like me
  • time to reflect on how utterly amazing this year has been, even though I got laid off and my other half had major, routine surgery in May and will have routine day surgery in another couple of weeks
  • the realization that I am much stronger this year, more balanced

What I didn't get:

  • world peace, surcease of sorrow and the answer to world hunger
  • flashbacks of rotten holidays or birthdays past
  • sad or depressed or angry
  • the chance to see my family
  • a new job

I see so very many topics in various forums and blogging sites: What do YOU get for Christmas ... What did Santa bring you?

And I just think, how crass. I guess I really am getting old, but too many of these conversations just sound like "looky what my family and friends can afford." I know some of it is people genuinely excited over getting something they wanted. (I could hardly keep from telling everyone I saw about my big gift this year ... actually, it was the first words out of my mouth to nearly everyone for about 4 hours after we opened gifts.)

And I'm equally kinda blah about posts ... well, posts insisting on NOT looking at the commercial end of the December holidays ... yeah, kinda like the post I'm writing right now, huh? I dunno, just seems like there should be a balance point.

For me, I'm glad I had a chance to do some reflection the last couple of days ... and to be honest, I am glad for the stuff I got too.

Posted by Red Monkey at December 26, 2007 10:51 PM | People Say I Have ADHD, But I Think - Hey Look, A Chicken | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Jackal said:

Wonderful post!

December 28, 2007 5:50 AM


Karen Kay said:

You're Awesome!
Thanks for being real, and for keepin us real...

May there be more better days ahead for us all.



December 28, 2007 10:43 AM


Pand0raWilde said:

Too many people equate how many friends they have or how much they're cared for by the pile of swag at the end of the holiday. I'm grateful my family doesn't do it that way, else I'd be certain by now that they all hate me for making presents (even tho they're presents that sell for good money) instead of buying.

December 28, 2007 5:20 PM


Quirkee James said:

Great post. Couldn't have said it better myself. I so love your blog!

December 29, 2007 1:50 AM
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