Really, truly, I love Christmas. I may love it more because I wasn’t born to it, but inherited it from non-Jewish husbands. I’m pretty sure no one can joyously leap into the season better than someone who think it’s a great holiday we never got to enjoy as children.
When Owen was a kid, we went nuts over the holidays — in a single-child family kind of way. And then when Kaity was growing up, it may have been even more kid-centric. Now, though, with Kaity in her mid 20s, I think it’s time to just breathe. At least until the next round of little ones come around.
Ah, but times have changed. Retirement doesn’t leave one much in the way of spare change. As children stop being children and become young adults and eventually, the real deal, most of what you can afford to give as gifts are a mere token of what’s really needed.
We have to buy new lights this year. Just one string we put in the upstairs window, the only part of the house you can see from the road. And our little mini-tree plus a few other bits and pieces to add a hint of sparkle. But that’s it. Nothing requiring major efforts.
Dinner and sharing is the really big deal these days. I figure still having a family is no small thing.
I woke up today. When I opened email, I swear every post was offering “black Friday” goodies. If I had money, I’d probably get a new television. Maybe next year.
In your opinion, what should be humanity’s goal?
At this point? Survival would be an excellent choice and it won’t be easy. There is an enormous amount to do. I’m not seeing serious efforts by major polluters to do much of anything. Doing everything might be too much to deal with, but doing nothing could mean an ultimate, sad finale to humanity.
Are you hesitant to speak your opinions?
I think careful would be the operative word. I have opinions, but I’m often as wrong as I am right. If I’m not sure I’m right, I try to be careful. When I forget to watch the mouth, I’m always sorry and never sure how to correct the mistake.
In what ways has society changed during your lifetime? What do you think caused these changes?
It has gone from mechanical to electronic. I think too much electronic. We have reached a point where nothing can be fixed. Even big stuff like washing machines and cars become difficult to repair surprisingly fast after purchase. Our new Maytag High Efficiency washer was wildly expensive will last between 5 and 7 years. Why? Because it’s all electronic with computerized sensors. Down the road, the manufacturer will stop making the parts. even be making the parts anymore. Ditto our car. It’s all electronics. If a single major piece of its mini-computerized brain blows up? Good luck with that!
If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?
It depends on what they say. If there is something I think is valid — and about which I can do something, I’ll listen. I won’t listen to constant criticism. This isn’t school. But it can be healthy to be put in ones place. We don’t have to like it, but we might deserve it.
Please feel free to share your moments of gratitude here.
Let’s see. The rice noodles finally came out perfectly. Before this, they were either too crunchy or a bit gooey. I got them right. Both the chicken fried rice and the Singapore noodles tasted downright professional. Sometimes, you really have to follow the instructions.
Meanwhile, the Japanese Maple turned extraordinary colors this year. Usually it turns scarlet right after every other tree has lost its leaves. This year, it turned scarlet and an apricot orange that is spectacular. We got some pictures. I’ve got an eye doctor appointment today, so the rest of the pictures will emerge tomorrow. I’ve got a few more to process. We all took pictures, from me, to Owen and Garry.