a few years ago, i got sick at the end of the summer, right before i was going to head up north for school, and the doctor prescribed to me some strong medicines, wanting me to heal up fast so i could move into my dorm, register for my classes and all that. and were those medicines strong. and multiply that by the fact that i hardly ever take medicines. flying to school, i was sitting in a window seat, drugged up on painkillers, staring down below, and i actually cried, tears of awe, at how beautiful life and the world was. (after i stopped the medication however, i developed huge blisters, fell into a pit of despair, and vowed to research thoroughly the side effects of all medicines before i take them. this is, though, not the point of the story.)
every once in a while, i get that same sort of overwhelmed happy feeling, slightly lessened, but much more real. i feel this way around my friends, around my family– it’s this cheesy feeling of how people are really sweet and wonderful and honestly i don’t really remember doing much to merit being bear-hugged by the universe. i got that in huge doses this christmas.
my parents hosted a party for our church’s choir this year, which always includes a randomized ornament exchange. most of the ornaments were angels, crosses, and other religious paraphernalia, but the next-to-last one picked, and the one that caused the most laughter when unwrapped, was was a large pink flamingo. the lucky recipient was mr. b, who had also been my highschool biology/chem teacher. “jeez, mr. b always gets the best ornaments every year!” my brother laughed. “i’m so jealous!” i laughed too and agreed with him that mr. b must have x-ray vision and/or ornament-specific psychic powers.
when we were unwrapping presents on christmas itself, my brother noticed an extra present under the tree for him. “from santa” it was labeled. my brother unwrapped it to find nothing other than his very own large pink flamingo ornament. “what!?” my brother and i both exclaimed. we laughed like crazy on its opening, yet again. mr. b and my brother root for opposing football teams and are always teasing each other when the others team loses. “the cornhusker told me to tell the buffalo merry christmas!” my mom said. my brother was totally floored. mr. b is so ridiculously sweet and it warms my heart to know how thoughtful about tiny things people can be.
my brother has a tradition of giving me gifts that warm my feet and this year he made my feet the happiest feet on earth. have you ever seen cuter moccasins? they are lined with wool fleece! my friend faye gave me the loveliest pewter colored dress. my dad and mum gave me books and family friends sent a planner and itunes gift card for all of my music cravings.
i received packages from overseas too! yu sent me a package from her and mai linh. yu sent me the cutest cutest tea towel, tea biscuits and chocolate tea. mai linh sent me the cutest hachi camera (it is so tiny, it looks like it’s made for mice! and according to the flickr group dedicated to it takes lovely shots) and film for it. i can’t wait to use it!! my canadian drummer friend sent me a blindboxed ghostie, maple candy fudge and a drawing of one of my favorite robots, robo from chrono trigger! my friends are absolutely adorable.
sometimes i feel so spoiled that i actually feel awkward about it. but i know there’s an easy (at least in theory) solution- to always pay it forward. i’m sending the warmest and happiest thoughts your way! oh, and how could i forget! here’s a shot of the flamingo on my pink foil tree:
Posted by Amy on Mon 28 Dec n 2009 | No Comments »