A Gift for All Seasons

‘Tis the season of giving and gifting and shopping and spending. Without a doubt, this time of year I’ll be asked — on repeated occasions — for a list, “Tell me what you want.”

Presents

Presents are nice, but so is your presence.

If there’s one thing that makes me uncomfortable, it’s the giving of gifts for the sake of a season. Don’t get me wrong — I love giving gifts and, yes, receiving is fun, too. But I prefer a random care package sent on a Saturday in June to a gift that, well, might be more than you can afford on a specific day because that’s what our society, our culture, dictates.* That being said, I always graciously and loving accept gifts because it’s important to the giver — and what’s important to the giver is important to me. Besides, like I said, getting presents is fun.

But, what I want? What I really, really want?

Nothing.

For the first time in many years, I am full. And my cup? It runneth over. You see, I already have the things that money can’t buy: health, happiness, love, joy, peace and hope. I have family and friends whom I adore; I have a love in my life that’s bigger than any I’ve ever experienced; and I have the gift of another day.

Though, I guess you could say I do want something: I want more time with my family and friends; more time in the arms of Mr. B; less anger, less stress, less hate in the world. I want people’s suffering to end. I want a cure for Alzheimer’s and cancer and all of the horrible diseases that take people too young. I want comfort and joy and peace. And those things can’t be purchased on Black Friday — I don’t care how much money you have.

So, this year, instead of making a list, I’m going to ask you to think about me, think about what you know about me. And if you’re so inclined, pick something up that you know I’ll just love — please do, as I’m certain a gift from your heart will warm mine. But, if you’d like to go another route, I ask that you please put your money to use doing something bigger. I ask that you make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association — or a cause that’s close to your heart. Spend your money where it will do good. Because that gift? It is a gift for all seasons.

*Please note: Birthdays are a whole different deal all together. I love my birthday (month), and I love you for loving it, too.

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4 responses to “A Gift for All Seasons

  1. Wouldn’t a cure for Alzheimer’s be the very best gift?! Or perhaps a mop to wipe up all that running over that we seem to have going on!

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