’tis the season

So I’ve been having the hardest time writing this particular post, because as most Indoobians know, I go into great detail, painting wordy pictures just to get to a point. And each time I begin writing this one, I go from talking about a lost article/essay I wrote for a high school newspaper, to childhood memories and epiphanies after watching a favorite Christmas-themed film from my youth, to how I’ve learned to cherish and appreciate my dearest loved ones and the material things I’ve been blessed with over the years. All and all, the post got seriously mushy and sentimental. Like a movie found on the Hallmark channel. And that is a stone’s throw away from Lifetime! [Shudders.] Granted, having some sensitive material isn’t harmful and shows that I do have a caring heart from time to time, but I want this blog to put smiles on the faces containing eyes that are reading. So all that stuff isn’t bad… I just don’t feel like writing that today. Plus I have a reputation to uphold being a lovable sarcastic smart mouthed jerk.

So I’ll save my count-your-blessings and APPRECIATE speech for another day (because there are some people who really need to look at their life so far and realize they have nothing to complain about). Instead, I’m going to talk a little bit about charity.

With the festive holidays fast approaching, I don’t want people to forget about the less fortunate. I went to the mall, as I usually do every few weeks, just to wander around and my friend noticed what she called “the baby tree.” It’s got wishes from children (actually children and adults) who are in hospitals, shelters, or being sponsored by foundations or something. These are hanging from the tree like ornaments, and the wishes are what that child wants.

My friend does this kind act every year, picking a boy and girl. I immediately decided to pick one too, so I looked for a wish that wouldn’t make me broke… like a PS3 game, and wasn’t too general… like “educational toy.” I picked an 8-year old boy who wanted a book of all the maps of the world. Simple, specific and convenient. The tree was set up a few feet outside of Borders! So my crew and I went in search for a book, and found one in the kids’ section with the help of a tall salesperson who looked like he goes surfing in the summer. Buying the book was a good feeling. Similar to warm and fuzzies. Fortunately it wasn’t mold I had eaten this time. After the purchase, I dropped it off at the information desk like instructed on the little card I detached from the tree along with the original wish. The lady there seemed frustrated before I got there about something, but apparently by me giving this gift, it cheered her up tremendously, like I got the book for her or something. Silly lady. It’s for the kiddies!

I keep saying this, but I really need to start bringing my camera with me and taking pictures to document these random adventures specifically for Indoobian purposes. Plus this would prove I leave the house and I do have friends.

So to conclude what I attempted to not be a long post: don’t be afraid to do a random act of kindness, even when money is involved, and especially around this time of the year. Pay it forward, anyone? More on charity another day. In complete unrelated news, I’ll debut a fresh new poem later this week. Maybe poems… maybe.

Posted in babbling, books, charity, Christmas, Friends, holiday, kids, mall, poetry
One comment on “’tis the season
  1. Melissa Donovan says:

    Giving feels good, much better than receiving, though that feels pretty good too 😉 Seriously, your kind act is going to make that boy’s day and that’s super awesome!

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