Secret Santa — You get to choose one gift — no price restrictions — for any person you want. The caveat? You have to give it anonymously. What gift would you give, and to whom?

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Just one? The problem, with gift giving these days is if he/she/they need it, they either already have it, or can’t afford it — and neither can we. In our age group, no one is yearning for an updated gaming system. We want things like mobility vans. An SUV. Better hearing aids. An adjustable bed. Replacement windows. A kitchen remodel. New roof. Upgraded heating system.

Only one thing for one person? That’s rough. Everyone I love needs something and it isn’t a new iPhone.

I, for one, have all the jewelry I’ll ever need. Okay, I can always use a new pair of earrings, a cashmere sweater, new Emus that don’t leak … but please don’t waste my single gift opportunity on that. If it’s going to be one thing only, a stair lift, please. Can we make it a one gift by bundling it with a car carrier for a pair of scooters … and a pair of scooters? You could make two aging folks really happy and improve their world.

Barring that combo, how about one of the top of the line latest Olympus OMD cameras? It’s weather-proof, faster than a speeding bullet, sharp as a tack, has a built in optical viewfinder … and a few lenses, including (please) a macro for closeups of plants and other flowers.


But what would I get for my other half? I’d buy Garry the absolutely best, most powerful hearing aids available. With a guaranteed upgrade when the technology advances.

If money would translate into something other than hard goods … I would buy for all of us good health. That we might retrieve a bit of spring to our steps, be able to enjoy things we used to love doing. But I can’t buy that. Not even if I had all the money in the world.

Finally, in lieu of expensive gifts, how about some happy times with beloved friends? Let’s share stories and laugh at ourselves — and the absurdity of life. It wouldn’t cost anything and it would cure what ails us. For a while, anyway.

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  1. To good health for all of us…that’s almost as good as the pony 🙂

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  2. Here’s to good health! So long as we’re wishing, how about a pony? ^_^

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  3. Let us just be lucky to be here and talk about what we would like. I could do with the good health, so could Mr. Swiss, but unfortunately it cannot be bought, so you just continue taking the pills, using the anti creak ointment and hope that getting up in the morning is a normal process.

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    • And laugh as often as possible. It definitely makes my back hurt less!!


      • I often have a good laugh when reading your posts, when Mr. Swiss asks what is so funny, so I do a quick translation into Swiss German, although some things you just cannot translate. Funny this morning when I awoke I had a quick check through my apps on the iPhone and realised I had 15 apps to update. No problem, but the iPhone asked for my password. Of course I knew it, but forgot I changed it last week. I had to rise from the bed and drag myself to my folder in the next room and guess what, I felt no pain, I was fit, because I had a purpose in my journey. I found what I wanted, returned to bed naturally, I still had 30 minutes. It was then that I realised I had to do a complete new upload for WordPress, so I had to rise again to find the password for WordPress (it is a complicated one). Completed my mission without pain and returned to bed. When I eventually left my bed for breakfast it was not easy. I decided it must all be in the mind or something like that.


        • I often feel better when I get out of bed. Changing angle or something helps. But it’s also being involved in something that takes me out of myself. Distraction is a big pain killer. When I’m writing, nothing hurts. Those typos sometimes try to kill me, but the writing process is generally pain free. Taking pictures, then making the pictures more perfect also is a fabulous pain killer. Conversation is great too.

          I think when we are busy enjoying what we are doing, we don’t think about anything else. For at least that bit of time, we are perfect, like we used to be.

          I’m sure that is why I write so much!! It’s my drug of choice. Actually, it has ALWAYS been my drug of choice, as far back as I have memory.


    • This is easy. Good health for Marilyn. Happiness for both of us. A spare million wouldn’t hurt.


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