“It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one’s fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.”

Today is warm even without the sun. I woke up early, around 5:30. Though I tried to go back to sleep, I couldn’t so I came downstairs, brewed my coffee and checked out the TV news. I heard the thud of the papers hitting the driveway a little later and wandered outside still surprised at how warm a day it is.

This morning I have to bring goodies to the library’s Christmas open house and I have PT at 11. After that I get to decorate my tree. It is not as tall as usual but is beautiful and fresh. I ran my hand up and down the needles just for the pine smell. The tree is sitting in the middle of my living room all ready for the lights.

One snippet in the paper caught my attention. Yesterday the police arrested a drunk driver on the highway. He was also cited for an unsafe car. It seems he was riding on three tires and a rim. When asked about it, the driver said he hadn’t noticed.

Every Christmas Eve my mother and I were always the last to go to bed. We’d sit, have a drink and chat and exchange one present, one special present. One year my present to her was a replica of a framed picture which used to hang in the bathroom when I was young. It had a small boy wrapped in a blue towel and a poem with started, “Please remember, don’t forget never leave the bathroom wet nor leave the soap still in the water…” It was hung on the wall across from the toilet, and I used to read it every time I went to the bathroom, and it is permanently etch into my memory drawers. We saw it in a house in Ireland, and my mother tried to buy it but wasn’t successful. I found the replica on-line. She loved it.

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10 Comments on ““It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one’s fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.””

  1. im6 Says:

    Didn’t you tell us a couple of year ago that that picture now resides in your bathroom?

  2. flyboybob Says:

    With all of the consternation over police brutality, I saw a story on the News last night that really made a difference. A county constable saw an SUV weaving across the road and finally stopping on the shoulder. The officer didn’t think anyone had been drinking at ten in the morning but decided to investigate. When he approached the car, with his body video camera running, he discovered an elderly man in the beginnings of a diabetic coma. The officer called an ambulance and the man was taken to the hospital. He had inadvertently taken the wrong dose of insulin that morning and could remember nothing until he was in the ambulance. I would like to think that the officer would have done the same thing had the driver been a young African American man. Of course this is still Texas so who knows.

    Your late Christmas Eve drink with your mother is one of those memories to cherish forever. You are very lucky that you and she had such a nice relationship if only for one night a year.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We had a wonderful relationship. She’d come down for the weekend, and we had great times. I always would visit my parents for the weekend. Mayday was happy to see me but happier to see my Boxer.

      I think the officer would have reacted the same way despite the color of the driver.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Nasty icy roads both to work and from but at least it wasn’t black ice, this could be seen easily, the roads sparkeled 🙂 Too bad I had to drive on them because it looked rather pretty 🙂

    How odd, we had just the same kind of drunk driver here too a few days ago 🙂 three tires and a rim 🙂 I think our drunk also tried to drive towards the traffic but didn’t manage to get that far thankfully. The last idiot isn’t born yet I guess 🙂

    I still need that smell in my home but that’ll have to wait until I can drive to my work friends home, they have just taken down lots of spruces so I’ll bring home some branches before Christmas.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Winter is rearing its ugly head for you. Be careful driving. I’m glad you could see it.

      That is a weird coincidence. Maybe it is a world-wide virus, a story line from a scifi movie. I’m going to start looking for three tire cars with a naked rim.

      My tree now has lights and will soon have ornaments. I need a bit of a break as I had PT today, hauled up boxes, put them back downstairs and now my back needs a rest.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It was warmer out this morning when I walked the dogs but it’s become darker, damper and colder since then.
    Today was bring the Xmas cards to the post office, buy an evergreen planter for the parent’s grave and a wreath for my front door. All that got done and I came home forgetting that I had to go to the drug store. I don’t want to go out again but I have to so I will. I am a martyr. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It didn’t take long to get cold and dark. I had PT at 11 and by then it was colder than it had been at 5:30.

      I have to go to the PO tomorrow and the drug store for a prescription. I have no time table for either, but I want the envelope to get to Colorado in time for Christmas so I’m going out despite my reluctance.

      Have a great evening!


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