Note: This is an updated post of a blog from Christmas Eve day 2015 that I thought was just as appropriate this year, too.
Miss Terry is a difficult woman to shop for because she doesn’t want very much in the way of material things. Whenever I ask her what she wants for Christmas, her birthday, our anniversary, or whatever, she always says she has everything she wants.
Once in a while she’ll let me buy her a bottle of perfume, and I’ve managed to get her a few pairs of earrings over the years, but that’s about it. I guess I should be grateful. She’s not only gentle on the eyes, she’s gentle on the pocketbook.
I, on the other hand, am easy to shop for. I want everything! I’m like a chimpanzee in a department store. If it lights up, makes noise, goes fast, or tastes good, I want two of each. Why do you think my friend Brenda Speidel calls me Gadget Boy?
I love wandering through the tool department at Lowes and Home Depot, even though I know it’s kind of like going to one of those stripper joints. Most of what I’m seeing I have no idea what to do with, and I’d probably just end up hurting myself if I tried.
Actually, there really is very little I want, and nothing I need, that I don’t have. Most of the things I have wanted in the past, I’ve owned at one time or another, including boats, a couple of Corvettes, some classic cars, and enough guns to arm a small nation. And I have some nice toys these days, too. But they’re all just things.
I’ve reached the point in life that most of my wants are not things, but rather experiences. We saw a lot of this old country in our many years on the road as fulltime RVers, and had some adventures that most people only dream about. But there’s so much left to see and do, and a lot we wouldn’t mind going back to see again, that if I could ask Santa to bring me one thing for Christmas, it would be more time.
Time to explore the quaint villages of New England. Time to search for seashells on the beaches of Florida. Time to get to know the people in small towns in the Midwest. Time to visit all of those fascinating historical sites and oddball museums scattered all over this great land of ours. Time to sit with a dear friend and shoot the breeze, or to not say a word and just enjoy each others’ company. Santa, can you figure out a way to stick an extra 50 or 75 years in that bag of yours?
How about you? What do you want for Christmas? A new RV? A flat screen TV? A GPS unit? Or maybe a new laptop computer? Or are you like me? Does your wish list include time for more experiences rather than things? Tell me about some of them.
Congratulations Jon Ensminger, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Honeymoon, the seventh book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 79 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?