The end of 2019 is fast approaching and if you are anything like me this meme below describes your 2019 perfectly:
At any rate, I am still grateful.
With Thanksgiving behind us, we must now prepare for Christmas. Just when you thought you were done cooking baked mac and cheese, turkey, dressing, greens w/smoked turkey, sweet potatoes pies, you must turn around and do it all over again! Not only do we have to do all that cooking, we also must buy gifts on top of that.
Oh, how I am missing being a child!
Christmas is coming and just think? You are almost at the finish line. You are almost excited until you realize: THE LIST!
The moment you ask your kid/kids for what they would like to receive from “Santa”. (If your family is anything like mine, we never told our children there is a Santa. Our parents would never let anyone get any credit for what they purchased!) After getting the list, you wait until they are sleep to look at it, finding yourself sitting in your chair with a glass of “liquid courage”. How else are you going to get through the list of things they want that you aren’t going to buy?
Quick rant: When I was a kid, I was lucky to get clothes.
The Christmas list has changed since then. Now, our kids, are asking for newest iPhone, iMacs, and flat screen televisions! Hopefully, you have kids that like vintage things: most things are super cheap, and easy to find.
You’re looking at this list trying to figure out how your child believes what you are buying them (a Maserati and they are only 12-years-old)! I’m not going to go down the list of the many ways a 12-year-old is going to destroy a Maserati. That’s only in the event they don’t crash it after stepping on the gas! The only resolve you have is the fact they had enough nerve to ask. At this fact, all you can do is laugh–to yourself.
When Christmas comes, the clock strikes midnight, your kid doesn’t care that they didn’t get the “big gift”. You hear little feet running through the house, seeing the joy and excitement on their faces as they look at the tree and realized that you love them enough to buy them some of the things they asked for. That’s what makes it all worth it. All the crazy Black Friday shopping; standing in long grocery store lines; wrapping gifts until 2 am; standing in the kitchen to prepare a huge meal. Seeing the joy on your kids faces is what makes everything worth the energy, lost hours of sleep and relaxation.
After they have gone to bed and dishes are put away, you realize that you are truly blessed and are grateful you have a family.
Then you realize, you must do it all again next year. 😊