From a store’s point:
“Hey Bill, you know sales have been dropping off. This thing they call hardship people are going through is just a bunch of crap. We all know everyone needs clothes, groceries, gas and all the other things in between. Isn’t anything that is ever going to stop that. What do you suggest we do?”
” Well Ted, you know I have a heart at Christmas just like everyone else; but the facts are stamped black and white. Do you want to be able to fly you and your family to the Islands next summer like we talked about? I’m sure your wife doesn’t want to give up the Nanny and the Housekeeper she has had for a few years now. We have to protect everyone up here on this floor. We have an obligation don’t we?”
Bill nods his head in agreement. A slight silence falls around them before Bill speaks once again. ” We don’t have much of a choice when you really think about it. We will have to keep our stores open on Thanksgiving and Christmas; but we will give something back to the employees. We will keep our regular hours 7a-9p on Thanksgiving, and we won’t reopen on Christmas day until one. I guess if the employees want to bitch, they can always leave. After all, we know employees are a dime a dozen.”
With that the two shake hands and walk out the office to let the others know of their decision.
From an employee’s point:
“Jeez Sue, I am really tired. We have all been working for days with only one day off a week for the last few weeks. This holiday shopping season sure puts a damper on my sore feet and back. What about you Mary, are you feeling it too?”
” I sure am feeling it Sue, in more ways than one. My grandson was over last evening. I really wanted to visit with him; but all I could think of was my aching feet and how I wanted to soak them. I have blisters on my feet. If only I could afford to buy an extra pair of shoes to trade-off and on while we work these long days. Well, Timmy asked me why we didn’t have our Christmas tree up like down at the job. I smiled and told him Grandma has been so busy, but I gave him a hug and promised him I would get it up soon and he could help.”
Both ladies smiled as they stood in silence understanding the unspoken words.
” Yes, I understand where you are coming from. Holiday decorations go up so early, kids just don’t understand all the work that goes into getting the stores ready; but you know we have to listen to our boss. Without them we wouldn’t have a job and jobs are hard to find.”
Sue continued, ” Of course there is more than the work at the store. There is a big dinner to plan, groceries to buy, then it seems I make the biggest portion of the meal. Then there is the Christmas shopping and gift wrapping. Wow, just thinking about it makes me worn out.”
Mary states,” Well the one good thing that keeps me going is that we at least get part of Thanksgiving Day off and all of Christmas. Even though we have to do a lot to get to it, just seeing the smiles on the grandkids faces and everyone talking and enjoying the meal is worth it all. This is what keeps me pushing forward.”
Sue replies, ” Oh Mary, haven’t you seen the paper posted on the employee board in the break room?” Mary shakes her head no and places her hands on her hips. ” The notice says we are all working the entire day on Thanksgiving. They let us off Christmas morning, but we have to be back at one to reopen.”
Mary puts her hands over her eyes and weeps. Sue places her arms around Mary and gives her a hug. ” It’s going to be alright. Our families will understand. We will get through this.”
” That isn’t the point Sue. They will understand but it isn’t fair. The store just doesn’t care about us. They only want to make sure they get every penny.”
Christmas, the word, how does it make you feel when you first hear it? Does it make you anxious, thinking of the money you will spend on it? Does it remind you of Jesus’s birthday?
Family gatherings and lots of food? No matter what store I visit, I see trees decorated to the max. Christmas music can be heard from some stores. Bright lights, glittery reindeer, all sizes of Santas.
When I was a kid, I would get excited, like every other kid I suppose. Dreaming of what that one gift under the tree would bring that only Santa carried on his sleigh. Yes, we received a few more gifts but not many.
Christmas in our home wasn’t so much about how many gifts we received. It was the day Jesus was born. A day to go to Grandma’s house and see all of our cousins we hadn’t seen for so long. A day to eat and over eat, run inside, try our new pajamas on.
Christmas day was filled with so much pleasure. In those days I didn’t give a thought nor would I have understood what goes on for the mom’s in our lives. Stress, shopping, spending money, getting everything just right.
This year at Christmas for me, I probably won’t put a tree up. My daughter believes I should, maybe even a live one. Wow, I haven’t smelled a live pine tree inside my home for years.
I am so looking forward to spending the day with my kids and grandkids. I can’t help bring to the front, the thoughts of Al, and my parents. The grandparents that used to form such wonderful memories in my mind.
I wish over and over that some things in life didn’t have to change. There will be a large void in my life this year at Christmas. I am going to try real hard to make new memories without my life back home. I am going to count each day I awake as a new blessing I was given.
I am not going to be spending so much time in the stores shopping but instead treasure each word and each face on the day I go home to visit. I have only been gone a month, but you know me well enough to know I miss those grandkids back home and my other kids.
Mean while, I am going to lay my head back and take a ride of my new Christmas this year. No getting all psyched out and stressed over nothing that matters anyway. My kids, my family, that is what matters. Can I get an AMEN to this?
Islands In The Stream
The love I feel for you
Is wild and over due
This can’t be wrong
The love I feel for you
Is wild and over due
This can’t be wrong
As my heart sings a song
As we meet along the boardwalk
There is only hush and no talk
Dipping fingers in the stream
Causing skin to gleam
Hearts beating faster
I want you for my master
We walk hand in hand
Deep into this land
Leaning against a tree
I sit and you come to me
I unbutton your dress
And you begin to caress
Lips softly touch
I want you oh so much
Lay me in the grass
We will be one at last
You make me feel so good
Just like I knew you would
Let’s promise to never forget
Let’s never have regrets
Hand in hand we walk
Only hush and no talk
Smiles on our face
From visiting sacred places
Aneesa nominated me for the beautiful award and also her mate, Faraaz.
This is a fantastic blog! Here is part of what each one says about themselves.
About me… Well I like to talk, to cook and to dine with others. I laugh too loudly (and sometimes inappropriately…) I like to eat peanut butter out of the jar with a teaspoon and I like sleeping with the covers over my head. I am good at keeping secrets but bad at pretending to get on with people who I just don’t like. I love to drive, only if I have nowhere to go. I love kids (although I suspect they don’t feel the same way about me…)
I’m a man. People ask me about cars, computers, gadgets, sports, martial arts and anime. Those questions I can answer. Questions about me? Not so sure I know what to say. I started off as an architect, in the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa. How I ended up teaching English in Korea is a mystery.
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What is a Liebster? The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
So what do we have to do to show our appreciation?
-If you could go anywhere, where would you go, and why?
Back to Germany to experience what this country has to offer in a new way. Before it was being married and pregnant.
-What was your reason for starting a blog on WordPress?
God. I had asked him to help me feel productive while staying at home caring for Al.
What is your most frequently visited blog and why?
I believe when I talk about Al. Others suffer from Parkinson’s or other diseases. We somehow help each other through our words, through support, comfort, and experiences
-Did you look at Freshly Pressed today? If so, which featured blog post did you like the most?
Sometimes I do, but sorry to say, today I did not
-What most inspires you?
My friend Lezlie, and the wonderful friends I have made on this blogging site
-What type of atmosphere most inspires you to write/take photos/illustrate/whatever it is that you like to do?
It doesn’t matter what the atmosphere is like when I write, I tend to tune everything out but Al’s voice
-If you could be any celebrity for a day, who would you be?
Dolly Parton, She is confident, beautiful, giving and a genuinely caring woman. God is number one in her life and her husband is second and then her family and the world
-Favorite movie quote?
Run Forrest Run, From Forrest Gump. He has disabilities but never gives up
-What is something that you would like to see people post more about?
organizations in home states, support groups, places to go for help of all kind
-Favourite Starbucks drink?
None, I find it way too expensive
If you were a word, what word would you be?
confident, always striving to have it but keep letting others kick it away
Now you give your answers to these same questions.
Thank you once again for this beautiful award!