Waking late on "Cyber Monday," I was captive in my bathroom to radio shows exploring first, our addiction to Social Media, and then, to the latest trends in shopping - especially "on-line" versus "brick and mortar stores at the mall. They have prompted me to add my own observations.
I need to confess that I am neither personally "on-line," nor a shopper. The latter wearies me. I try to find a comfortable spot to sit while Molly the Champion of shopping in our family, heads off to do the shopping by which we live, which means daily food and occasional clothes.
So, I am privileged because someone else does these things for me - Molly attending to my daily needs, and Laury, my friend and assistant makes my website possible and these occasional blogs, even some Facebook posts coming my way.
As for shopping, I realize I am old enough so that at Christmas, I am the store! I already have things in my possession that would have sentimental, if not practical, value for people in my family. Not that I figured that out, but Molly did.
"How about we give to your grandsons these Africa hats and Stetsons that you're not going to wear again?" Molly sweetly asks. Of course, at first, I was loathe to give them up. But soon enough I realize that of course, these should be passed on to the next generation. After all, four of our grandchildren have been with us to Africa, and still treasure those experiences with us. So, my supply of Journey Out caps became the source of another round of gifts.
And, there are books I've written, and pebbles I've brought back from the summit of mountains from my years of summer climbs, and kerchiefs, and who knows what else?
Most of us have much to give away. What a chance to share our lives with family and friends dear to us!
Then, of course, there's the gift of time we can give, by an hour over coffee, or a game of cribbage as Molly had with a visiting grandson. And, before and after that game, wonderful time talking about life, and faith, and how you live it.
So much to think about, in the realm of time with others and the giving of our thoughts, and mementos from our life. Advent, the season of expectation, is a beautiful time to think about such things and people, dear to our lives.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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