Yesterday was perfect. I know that sounds like I'm bragging and I am. I know that there is rudeness in feeling that way, but I am well pleased with the results of our endeavors. We worked like a well oiled (no now liquored up) machine. Shelley and I worked at our tasks in sync accompanied by some jobs done by the grands. And there was such a leisure to the pace because SM had to work until later and we didn't have to have all the meal on the table by 2 pm. In many ways it was just too easy and quiet.
And yes, we do have greyish fruit salad for breakfast this morning. SM volunteered to go out to the garage to retrieve the wonderfulness. It was that cold again last night. Brrrrrrrr.
The pity sake is that Shelley went out to a convenience store for her beverage of choice, Dr. Pepper at around 5 pm and bought a newspaper also. Egads!!!!! The news part of the newspaper was about 3/4" and the other 5" was ads for places to buy things that are "required" for Christmas happiness. We don't get the paper delivered so I am out of the habit of seeing ads, and certainly this many. And for what? I simply do not understand Black Friday or shopping frenzies at all.
I should confess that when Shelley was little, I would buy each person a different design of wrapping paper so that there would not be any confusion (what a waste) and I would also over buy for her, so I am not completely without guilt of over do of the season. Then the day after Christmas I would go to the stores for next years things at huge discounts. But sports fans, that was after Christmas. Now the real confession is that I would forget where I hid the items I had bought and panic 51 weeks later when I was wrapping everything and couldn't find some things I remembered buying. So, logic told me, (oh no not that old hat) stop buying and hiding things because I always found them in the summertime.
This push for us to buy, buy, buy our way to happiness is well.....disgusting. It has completely tarnished the sparkle of gift giving. Completely warped everyone's view of the season. I just can't imagine anything being that important that you are willing to camp out on Thanksgiving day so that you can have your optimum place in line. But then I don't understand a lot about this whole gimme, buyme, I wanta attitude that is prevalent. I am really gonna sound like an old person but I remember Christmas's when I was thrilled to get what I got in my stocking which was candy and nuts with a tangerine in the toe and my one gift from Santa. There never were oodles of presents under our tree even though there were 5 of us in the house. It was ever so magickal and remarkably small.
Now if you aren't ready by Thanksgiving to shop til you drop, you probably aren't going to make it in time. And with Thanksgiving being so late for the retailers to make the majority of their money, of course they opened on Turkey day for the almighty buck. It's so sad. The only lesson anyone learns from all of this is greed in all of it's ugly manifestations.
The Cuckoos will be having another go at the leftovers for dinner and settle into watching some well aged Peter Pan. The shopping can go hang itself, we have a short enough time together in life as it is. We aren't wasting any of it on taking the 5" of ads in the newspaper and using it for anything except making paper ornaments.......great colors and easy paper to tear.
Here's to a weekend of just being, not anything else. I would wish for you also to be at peace. Oma Linda