First of all, you must understand that I am a Christmas girl! I prepare for it, pretty much year round. I can’t wait until Halloween is over so I can start listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies without scorn. I long for the “yearly bacchanalia of peace on earth and good will to men.” My heart starts fluttering when I start seeing the Christmas paraphernalia start appearing in stores. It just makes me happy; “Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.”
Thanksgiving week, I was thrown for a loop when I was not feeling well and my son told me I looked like a Simpsons’ character or an Oompa Loompa, only yellow. So, after a quick turn in the hospital to yank out the offending gallbladder, I am back to planning. “Oh, but no matter. Christmas was on its way.”
I am absolutely positive that not only am I prepared, but that things are most likely NOT going to go as planned. But however it ends, I know the outcome will be great. I have faith! Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse” has an oft quoted line: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go askew”. I could say that about much of life – you plan one way but it comes out another. And that’s ok; but I still have to plan and be prepared – and most important, be flexible.
If you have time, you might like to read “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns. He was a farmer by trade (which is why he was known as the Ploughman’s Bard) and this poem was his thoughts while he was ploughing one of his fields and disturbed a mouse’s nest.
* Words in Italics come from the movie “A Christmas Story” – definitely one of my favourite Christmas movies. “You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”