The prophet of despair gains a shouting audience.
But one who speaks from hope will be heard long after the noise dies down.
John La Farge
Oh, it seems the spirit of the holiday is alive and doing well in our little town, sitting not too far from the farm. People are smiling and there seems to be an extra bounce in the steps of the passerby. I stroll slowly down the aisle in a store, admiring the decorations and the music coming from above my head. That soothing music of those Christmas carols mixing with my own memories of long ago. This is exactly what a girl trying to get in the mood for this holiday season needed.
It is so easy to let your world be consumed by the terrible things going on in the world we live in. My belief is that you do what you can and that is all you can really do, fretting about it will not change anything.
Pick up a few extra toys for some children that you know, sadly we all know those children who are in need of some happiness. Throw some extra groceries in your cart; you know where they are needed. There are a lot of ways to make this world a better place. Donate to a good cause, there are so many of them. Do what you can; it does not take that much time, effort or for that matter, money. Every little bit will help.
Sometimes all it takes is a smile, a silly question and shared laughter to bring joy to someone who is going through something you may not see, nor ever understand.
You are probably wondering about the title May I pet your…… “Coat” would be the word. I, the one asking that silly question and she, the one who replied yes without hesitation, just as I had hoped, changed the moment for some strangers surrounding. My fingers stroked that beautiful ruby red fuzzy coat, while we both smiled and laughed. A woman standing just down the way stood watching this strange woman petting this other woman’s coat. The woman watching looked sad, but could not turn away she was no doubt intrigued by the nerve of this strange woman. That strange woman being me paid no mind to the thoughts of onlookers; she knew she had to do that seemingly strange thing.
Before long, the beautiful, ruby red fuzzy coat lady and I were discussing the state of the world, the economy, and the sadness that others feel this time of year as I continued to stroke her coat. We happened to be standing in front of a display of Christmas and holiday cards. I explained to her that I needed to find my Mom a card that would make her smile and laugh. We started opening the cards one, by one and sharing the laughter that it ensued.
The petting of a beautiful ruby red fuzzy coat by a strange woman now breaking the proverbial ice, the laughter breaking it down more, and the conversation about what many people feel these stressful days had the sad onlooker walk over to join in. Before long the conversation was more about the laughter we were sharing as strangers and less about the sadness and worries of the world and more about opening those cards to see what joy it would bring lying hidden inside.
All that laughing and dancing with joy, in the aisles to music coming from those cards no doubt attracted the attention of those around. The smiles on the faces of other strangers confirmed my belief that it only takes one smile or one silly question to change, if only for a moment, that world that someone is feeling overwhelmed by.
Oh yes, it is truly the season, where good things are out there, the trick is that you just have to remember that. No matter what is going on in your life.
A dancing polar bear card singing Rockin' around the Christmas tree is going to make my Mom smile and dance, over and over.
I will never forget that woman who seemed to be carrying such a heavy load but did eventually walk away with a smile. All it took was a strange farm girl, with a silly question and maybe just a bit of those dance moves that she had learned long ago from her own Mother.
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree; it’s a Christmas party hop. Hop hop hop…….. Oh yes, my Mom is going to love this card. Hop hop hop.(See you all next week, I am a little busy here.) Hug B