December 14, 2008

Coffee Moments with Cathy

I'm sitting before my computer sipping a cup of Mystic Monk coffee waiting for the big snow storm to start and agonizing over what to wear to Terry's annual Christmas Ball and pondering what I can say or do to get Adoro's blood up (it's the little things, friends, it's the little things...*tee-hee*!)

Ter raised the bar of sartorial splendor so high at last year's Ball that even Ray had to go out and buy a new tie!! True, all true-that I'm a goofball.

As I was driving home from Mass this morning, I saw a group of neighborhood boys (Hey, why aren't they in Church?!?) making a snow fort. Conditions were prime for that effort this morning. We still have snow on the ground and it was raining this morning. The rain helps freeze the snow into the fort shape.

There was a time when I knew those things. There was a time when I had the creativity and the freedom to do such things. I marveled, again, at the mind of the child. From a few simple things they can create an adventure, an entire world. Why do so many think that kids need STUFF? So much STUFF! Lots and lots of STUFF! As though the more stuff you give a child guarantees happiness, as though the more stuff you give a child is a gauge of your love for them. I've seen a child play for hours with an empty ice cream bucket and one doll. My Dad's family was so poor they did not even have toys, but he had no doubt, never any doubt, that his parents loved him by their attention and their actions and the sacrifices he saw them make to even put food on the table for their 8 children.

God's love for us has nothing to do with STUFF either. So we didn't get that Wii we wanted, does that mean God doesn't love us because He did not arrange it for us to receive it? No.

God has a better gift to give than STUFF. God has the gift that, if we are good little boys and girls (because we are all children in God's eyes), will keep on giving. The gift of eternal life. Don't look for it on sale the day after Christmas. You will be challenged to find it in any store.

I wonder if God did offer "Eternal Life!" in a retail store would anyone get up early and wait in line for it or would we rush past it in our mad quest to get "Rock Band"? We convince ourselves and we buy into the idea that we need STUFF this time of year. The Christ Child's impending arrival is ok and fine but it's not enough. We need STUFF. Give us STUFF!

The economy is tough these days isn't it? For those who buy into the idea that without more STUFF for Christmas we are failures, this is a brutal time. How many are depressed because they are forced, by their wallet, to scale back on STUFF this year?

Retailers are practically giving STUFF away and still people cannot buy what the retailers are offering.

God's practically giving IT away too and how many are using this opportunity, when we don't have as much money to buy STUFF, to take Him up on his offer? How many will accept His gift? God's gift will not cost you any money. Not one thin dime.

Rejoice and be glad if this time of adversity means you can see the true meaning of Advent and Christmas!!!! It's not about STUFF. It's never been about STUFF. It's about Him.

With the simple gift of a Child, by saying "Yes" to Him, you can join a world and an adventure beyond comprehension.


Blogger Chris said...

The snow was in good molding form, yes- but George's face fell off this morning due to the melting.
I agree that a simpler Christmas is NOT a bad thing. We set a $ limit for each kids' gifts and stuck to it. And the fewer toys that need 4 C batteries, the better.

December 14, 2008 4:04 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I decided the party will be casual this year, and I'm having at the Lion's Tap instead of at my house. So you don't have to worry about an outfit.

December 14, 2008 5:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Another perceptive post from Ms. C of A.

It is amazing how creative kids can be. I volunteered at a nearby parish festival a couple of months ago, selling tickets in a booth for the carnival rides.

Saturday afternoon it was raining lightly, keeping the crowds (and $$$$) down. But that didn't bother three little girls, ages 3,4 and 5, I would estimate (what do I know about young girls ages? Old girls, that's a different matter, always underestimate at least ten years!)

Anyhow, these kids each were wearing what appeared to be brand new fluorescent red, yellow and green boots and they amused themselves for about a half hour, just walking around looking for shallow puddles that they could walk into and stamp their feet, secure in the knowledge that their toes would stay warm and dry.

Not only was it fun for them, it was also a learning experience, too.

I still have mustard on last year's tie from Terry's Ball. D'ya s'pose I can still use it at the Lion's Tap this year?

December 14, 2008 7:06 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Chris: Oh, no! Mr. George!

Ter: Cripes, that is of no help now I need to wear something casual but public, yet, bar-friendly! I wonder if I can still take the formal I bought back?

Ray: Not sure about a tie at the Lion's Tap but a spot of mustard on your clothes will definitely make you fit in.

December 14, 2008 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think my invitation to Terry's Ball musta gotten lost in the mail or somethin'. I'll check with the post office tomorrow. Such an event--and snowforts, too--makes a trip to the Great White North sound VERY appealing. Just the thought of seeing you and Ray all dressed up--adn Terry's latest stud-persona, I can't wait! Is Adoro gonna be there too?

December 15, 2008 5:21 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Georgette: Maybe Ter sent it to your old address in India?

I'm sure you'll be welcome!!!

Adoro has to be there. She's our Santa!!!!

December 15, 2008 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! Santa Adoro!! :-D

December 16, 2008 3:17 PM  

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