Saturday, December 27, 2014
Me: You're so cynical. I didn't survive, I thrived. It's my favorite time of the year. It's the most wonderful time of the year.
Mibes: Stop with the Andy Williams lyrics. I remember when you said you prefer Thanksgiving. You can't have two first places.
Me: If two holidays cross the finish line at the same time you can.
Mibes: But the truth is what?
Me: The truth is that I enjoy some parts of the holidays more than others.
Me: I love some of the lights, some of the music and the focus on giving. It's a season of increased hope. Of some welcome moments of peace and perspective.
Mibes: But some of the music and spending drives you nuts.
Me: Only if I let it all get to me.
Mibes: So how much did it get to you this year?
Me: Not as much as some other years.
Mibes: What made the difference?
Me: I tried to live more in the moment.
Mibes: How did that go?
Me: There were some great moments. Like watching the snow fall. Or seeing the twinkle in someone's eyes.
Mibes: You don't need Christmas for that.
Me: No. But I think one of the things I learned again this year is to look for the moments. I don't intend to stop that just because December 25 is over.
Mibes: Anything else?
Me: Yes. Some lyrics.
Mibes: A favorite song?
Me: Not really until this year. But something really got to me about The Star Carol this year.
Mibes: "Dear baby Jesus how tiny thou art. I'll make a place for thee in my heart."
Me: How did you know?
Mibes: I do know you.
Me: So how was your celebration? How was the open house?
Mibes: Delicious, festive. And I did get to wish an old friend Merry Christmas.
Me: Sounds like some good moments for you, too.
Mibes: Several. But it was strange, too.
Me: Why's that?
Mibes: His reply to me was "Merry merry, to you."
Me: That doesn't sound too strange to me. Sounds like he returned your greeting.
Mibes: It wasn't in the words but the way he said it. Perfunctory. His heart wasn't in it.
Me: But your heart was. That counts.
Mibes: It does. And there were other moments. Moments like yours. Things to remember and treasure.
Me: (hugging him) I love you, Mibes. Christmastime, anytime. Winter, summer, spring, fall.
Mibes: You're such a romantic.
Me: As are you.