Hello SOTGC community,
I got the idea for this post when I texted my best friend this past weekend to see if she needed to do any holiday shopping, and if she wanted to join me. I had done all my shopping a few weeks ago. Then my brother called an audible, and informed me that he and his girlfriend were going to be at Mom and Dad’s the weekend before, and then won’t be home at Christmas. This meant I needed to go up the weekend before, and due to other houseguests I now had five new people to shop for.
]So being the good friend that I am, I had decided I should try and drag one of my friends along for the holiday shopping. Ange let me know that there was NO WAY she was going anywhere near the mall during the weekend. Apparently there was a man with a gun at one of the local malls recently. Wow! Could the world get any crazier?! Gunmen at the mall during the holidays?!?!?!
I was seriously planning on avoiding the mall, writing people checks for their presents, and calling it a year. Then I decided that I wasn’t going to let some “bad seeds” keep me cooped up in my house and that it wasn’t worth disappointing my little cousin who would be there this weekend.
So I did about 10 minutes of stretching, jumped in the car, blasted some house music to get me all hyped up, and mentally ran through some of my old Kung Fu moves in the car. My hope was that the day wouldn’t end with an announcement over the PGA along the lines of “Security, need assistance on aisle 5!!!! Some crazy Asian lady has rolled another shopper into an arm bar, and the other lady is refusing to tap, and won’t let go of the last Lego Star Wars Wii game!”
As it was, the day went smoothly and I was done with all my shopping in 45 minutes. The lines were long, but people were respectful and moved through them in a timely manner. The parking lot was full, but people seemed to respect the “right of way” and there was no “road rage” to be witnessed. I guess the moral of the story was, while it wasn’t as funny of a trip as I was expecting, it helped restore some of my faith in humanity.
After the event that happened this weekend on the East Coast, and the event in China, sometimes I start to lose faith in the good of mankind. Watching people act with care, with kindness, helping people with items on shelves too tall for them to reach, observing a young couple allow an elderly woman (in a car WAY TOO BIG for her to be driving) take a spot close to the front of the mall, helped to remind me that even though the news seems to like to cover only horrific events, that goodness still exists, the holiday season still has wonder and a magical feeling to it, and it’s up to us to preserve this, year round.
One of my favorite quotes is by Gandhi: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” So…happy holidays everyone! May the rest of your year be wonderful, filled with happy memories with loved ones, and may a complete stranger touch your heart by doing something unnecessary and kind, and may you pass on that gift of kindness to another.