Just two weeks after our return trip from the balmy 76 degree tropical islands of Hawaii we find ourselves blanketed in white snow as thick and palpable as a wedding cake. Even as we hang our stockings in preparation for Christmas we find sand in cracks and crevasses we never knew existed–a constant reminder that somewhere in the distance thousands of people are singing mela kaliki makai as they sip pina coladas on the beach. Of course I’m not complaining, Kauai was great but its nice to be back home and prepared ourselves for a certainly white-Christmas. We have yet to hear sleigh bells (we’re listening) thankfully though, in the lane, snow is glistening.
Jonathan and I are not ones to be prodigal (actually Jonathan’s not one to be prodigal which usually keeps my carefree shopping sprees in check) but this Christmas we’re getting more stuff than Santa can fit in his bag (its true, the first checked item was free, then its fifteen dollars per bag after that–even in the North Pole things are getting tight). A lot of what we’re getting isn’t actually Christmas related, its necessity, but being this close to the holiday we are wrapping it up, putting it under the tree and pawning it off as yuletide generosity. About a month ago our computer retired. If you ask me it was a bit early to do so but apparently with the economy the way it is and some offshore investments it had made in the golden years, our laptop decided to get out of the game sooner rather than later. Our TV on the other hand has been lazy on the job for over a year now. He’s putting in fewer hours than he used to his screen goes greenish when it should be black–we’re very disappointed, but we can’t fire him because he’s part of a union. And finally, the Nissan Sentra that has been so good to us for so long was recently involved in a gang fight and didn’t fare so well. So by way of need alone we recently drafted a letter to Santa. It reads as follows:
We do not wish to seem demanding or ungrateful, but in light of recent events and as a result of our exceptional good behavior we have a number of items on our list that would really brighten the holidays this year.
we’ll start with the big ticket items first, the biggest of which is a new four-door reliable sedan in a conservative color that gets great gas mileage (*thanks we appreciate it). Next on the list is a new TV; 40-50 inch high definition LCD flat screen would be preferable. And finally, we could really use a new computer, maybe a compaq or a dell, something with a decent hard drive and processor. And while you’re at it Santa, get yourself somethin’ nice, somethin’ real nice.
Jonathan and Michelle
PS: enjoy the cookies