Today I was pondering what I will be getting for my loved ones. I wish there was more in the bank to get more loved ones a little something, but that's just not the case. Anyway, as I was writing down my list (a small one mind you), I began thinking how sick of it I already am. We reduce Christmas to a commercialized, materialistic ritual, regardless of how much we say we will spend less and focus more on the real reason behind the season. I am tired of figuring out what to get everyone when there are so many who are truly in need of things, like clothes, shelther, and food. Basic needs that need to be met, and I wonder what kind of shirt to get someone who already has a closet full.
My mom was telling me she's trying to figure out what to get her students. She teaches 3rd grade at a school full of kids who come from low income families. I would venture to say many of them come from single family homes, and could use some basic need items. They won't be getting a stocking full of toys or anything like that. After our discussion, I decided I'll be buying some items to send to her for her students. In fact, that may take the place of any present I would have Andy buy for me. It would certainly be more useful, and probably more appreciated (not that I don't totally appreciate anything Andy does for me mind you). But, it would put so many things into better perspective for me and in my heart
I guess there's no such thing in altruistic behavior since this act would be making me feel good. I can't win I tell you!!!!!!!