Friday, December 10, 2010
Makin' a list, Checkin' it Twice
Enjoy the journey, or so the saying goes. I'm pretty sure that sage advice wasn't given by someone who had to go to the grocery store three times in one day because they forgot diapers, then milk, then the one, crucial dinner ingredient. And just to be clear, I did have my shopping list in hand. But I was trying to swat the curious toddler's hand away from it every two seconds, and meanwhile, my five year old was loading up the cart with six containers of over priced blueberries.
Every time I start to feel a little nuts I immediately begin thinking of ways to simplify. But all of my projects feel like good projects. I love giving and receiving Christmas cards. I love finding the perfect Christmas gift. I love baking homemade goodies and delivering them to friends and neighbors. And real life, like buying milk and helping kids with homework has to fit in somewhere. So when you start to squeeze all these wonderfully good activities into a nice little box, you end up terrorizing the local post office, and visiting the grocery store three times in one day.
I just want to get all this stuff over with, I muttered the other day. So I can do what? Lounge in my bathrobe and thumb through catelogues until I begin second guessing my gift purchases? This is Christmas. Not necessarily the long list, and all of the voluntary activities, but the way that you go about it. I guess what I'm trying to say is the doing part is life, but the feeling part, what I think and say and how I behave, that's the Christmas part.