With Christmas just around the corner, my husband and my kids are wringing their hands wondering what to get mom. I’ve put together a list to help them along:
- World Peace. Miss America asks for it every year. Why can’t I? In fact, let the record show that I have always been in favor of world peace. This year, I am urging my family to “Think Globally, Act Locally” and stop bickering, in particular my two youngest. Little steps can make a difference, especially when it comes to preserving your mother’s peace of mind.
- Healthy, Safe and Kind Children. This really is my number one gift request, but I am trying to present myself as altruistic, ergo the world peace appeal. Like all mothers, I worry constantly about my children. This year, we experienced some minor injuries, a broken wrist for Meg (basketball) and a separated shoulder for Kerry (football). Both kids watched their playoffs and championships from the sidelines and handled their disappointments much better than their parents did. We must be doing something right to raise such nice children. At the end of the day, I just want them home in bed in one piece.
- Jobs for my Children when they graduate. I guess I want a little more than their health and safety. College graduation is at least four years away for Kerry, eight years for Meg. Given the state of the economy, we might as well put in our request now.
- A Full-Time Cook. OK, now I’m showing my true lazy self. I once worked for a woman who had household staff including one guy who did all her grocery shopping and presented her with home-cooked meals every evening. This is my fantasy.
- More Sunshine. I live in the foggiest place on earth. I am totally against global warming, except in my neighborhood.
- Gentle Menopause. The lead-up to this next life passage has left me sleepless and confused. Enough already.
- A New Mini-Backpack. Years ago, I bought a powder blue, quilted mini-backpack from Target that I have used to death. I take it to all sporting events, on bike rides, the occasional bus excursion, and anywhere I don’t want to carry a purse, but need to have a few necessities with me. It now looks stained and gross, but I can’t bear to part with it because I have never found another backpack like it.
- A Warm Bed and a Roof Overhead. I have this, but I never take it for granted. So many people live on the street in San Francisco. Here’s an incredibly shameful 2011 statistic: nearly 2,220 public school students in San Francisco are homeless, enough to fill five or six elementary schools or an entire high school.
- More Material for my Blog. I started posting in July and have truly enjoyed myself. Sometimes I run out of things to write about, but more often, I just can’t bring myself to post what’s truly on my mind for fear of alienating my family and friends. Ironically, my daughter thinks I have no filter, but I think she has no appreciation for my quiet tact.
Thank you to everyone for reading my blog and sticking with me. I plan to keep blogging in 2012. I hope Santa is good to you and your family this Christmas. I wish you peace and health and safety and kindness in the coming year. Love to all.