It was a five-day school-week filled with observations and parent-teacher conferences. There were new kids to schedule for literacy support and more than the average number of assessments to complete. The kids were distracted by the myriad of social and family events that roared in over the Thanksgiving break. Merging (this year) Thanksgiving and Hanukkah contributed to the hype for some. Turning the calendar to December caused other to be giddy with anticipated trees, parties, and presents. Yet,there were VERY bright spots in my week that are worthy of a HUGE celebration!
Thanks to the miracle of the internet, the power of Amazon Prime, the lure of "free shipping" and the power of one-click shopping at virtual stores such as Lands End, LL Bean, and Macy's, the boxes started arriving this week without a Black-Friday midnight run to Walmart and without me ever setting foot in a mall! The UPS drivers have done most of my holiday shopping work! As a busy-commuting-care-giving-teacher-professor, I can't even imagine how how the shopping happened back in the "old days" before the internet!
A little part of me feels like I might be missing out on that image from holiday movies. You know, the one with the fur clad shopper laden with shopping bags with snow glistening in her hair?
Another part of me worries about local merchants who depend on holiday shoppers to make their quotas. I will say a little prayer that someone out there visits them and shops for a whole lot of stuff!
For me, for this year,boxes like this are a reason to celebrate!