Is your shopping done? Are the cookies baked? Have you nestled the packages under the tree? Have you shoved aside anyone to get that last Ninentendo Wii at Target yet? Is it me or are people turning into cranky mean old Scooges this year? Last week, I let someone in the checkout line ahead of me. I thought that was a nice thing to do, and while I was in a big hurry, I could wait 2 more minutes. Well the lady in line behind me, didn't seem to agree. When I was a bit slow to respond to the clerk beckoning me to take my turn, she said "Hey!" and whacked me too hard with her armload of books! Huh? I started to say something, like "well Merry Christmas to you too.", but thought better of it.
I saw more of the same behavior this weekend. Yesterday my daughter and I had to go to the mall, oh terror of terrors, to get a few last minute things (actually I have to go today without Kendall for the last minute things but that is a different story). We tried to stay happy and Christmasy but when we couldn't find anything "healthy" to eat at the mall (yeah, I don't know why this surprised us either), and a little old man shoved us away from the mall directory so he could get a look, we decided it was time to go home. We baked cookies, wrapped our presents and watched some quality holiday television and our moods changed for the better.
Moral of this story: Please don't smack me with books at Keplers bookstore in Menlo Park. And shopping and all the other activities that take our time is necessary, but reserve most of your time to spend with your family and friends during the holiday.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and may you have a wonderful holiday season!