Waiting for the turn light into the Mall is NOT where I planned to be, but here I was ten cars back praying. Yes – praying the folks in front of me had some understanding for the “lets go already” program that I am such huge fan of. OMgosh, I missed the #*^& light. “Merry Christmas” to the older gentleman in beige mini-van!
Ok put it in Park and rest a bit… I start thinking about my childhood Christmas’s and some of the traditions we’ve started with our family. Growing up a 60’s kid on Air Force Bases, I poured over the Sears Wishbook like there was going to be test after the next reading. I suspect my grade on any test I take will give me that coveted C+.
I totally understand how Ralphie felt pining for the Red Ryder BB Gun. Mine was the Johnny 7-OMA ! You know the one that shoots the hard plastic bullets, and has two grenade launchers. Very important equipment for backyard war games with the delinquent boys who just moved in, and for creating doubt in the neighbors fearful minds whether to invite us for Christmas cheer. “Hey you guys head on over, but can Jimmy leave that scary gun-thing at home?” Not sure how that turned out… Our new family tradition (isn’t that a Peggy Lee song?), took place this year on a visit with Daughter (AKA Brianna) to the 5th Ave Theater to see Ralphie and his pals in “A Christmas Story – The Musical”. The look in her eyes watching the acting and singing from the front row was worth the admission price. This my friend is where you show off your new red satin dress, black pea coat, and the super shiny Patent Leather shoes. Depending of course if you’re a 6 year old on the town with your adoring parents. “You know Honey, she does have a pretty good voice…maybe she could learn to act”
Light is GREEN Biff, hit it ! Feverishly trying to get my sled out of Park. Ohh no…I am a sleep at the wheel. Slow start out, but now I am at full ramming speed heading into the backside of the turn. Perfect no Mall Cops to be seen anywhere, so with smoking hot brakes I cruise into the parking lot…Thinking back I should have acted on the E-Bay link my Sister sent me for the Aluminum Foiled Tree we once owned,which was now suddenly available. You know the one with the four colored spinning lighty dealy. Amber, now Bright Green, with a Ruby Red and the all important Icy Blue light shining up at the silver lead filled tinsel. So glamorous and so Christmasy. “I sure hope they stopped into Toyland and got the Johnny 7 OMG.” I NEED the gun that shoots those hard plastic bullets. My friends will talk about me for years to come, reliving the day I playfully launched the Fire Bomb attachment their direction. It’s really a win-win deal for everyone!
I decide sitting in the car too long attracts suspicion, so I head into the sea of humanity at the Mall. A slight case of dread sets in, but I remember the best tradition is yet to come. You know the one; family gathered in the warm house with the citrus and nutmeg smell quaffing about. Some kinda candle Stacy brought at one of those parties I suspect. The kids asking for the umpteenth time if they can open their presents. “Ok, but keep the bows, Mom saves them” The freshly glazed Apricot – Honey Ham hiding under it’s metallic tent longing for our attention. Does it get better? I sure think not! Maybe I’ll build a fire in the wood stove and we can enjoy that great wine we ferried home from a recent Walla Walla trip, and wonder if the kids had a meaningful Christmas. I can only hope is was as wonderful and delight filled as the ones I enjoyed – Thank You Mom, and Dad. Just know; we’re here building those new traditions for our kids.
And less I forget – “Thank you Lord for all the Blessings bestowed upon us”