Tuesday, December 19, 2006
My Christmas vacation began officially yesterday, with me feeling very poorly and sleeping most of the day. But today I awoke feeling better, although a little down for some reason and I had the opportunity to do some last minute Christmas shopping. I found the asked-for video for my brother-in-law (I drew his name in the family drawing), and a couple of last-minute surprises for Baron's girls to give their dad. I even picked up an inexpensive SCRABBLE game as a gift for the family, since the teens and I love to play it on the computer. But I was honestly wishing for more money, to be able to give even more gifts to those I love. It got me thinking about my Christmas wishes for myself, my family, and my friends, if I could give them anything at all. Here's my wish list:
For myself - Oh my. Lots of things spring to mind, but few of them are material possessions. I wish I could be more organized. I wish I was more financially sound. I wish I was a better parent. I wish I could be the best teacher for my students. I wish I was much less insecure and oversensitive. I wish for overall better mental health. I wish I could be more content with all the good things I DO have.
For my children - For Joseph, the lead role in the spring musical, effortless great grades, and a car for him to drive. For Rachael, all the voice/dance/guitar lessons she can take, effortless great grades, and the self-confidence to believe she is as beautiful and talented as she is. For Daniel, his own room, weightlifting equipment and a place to use them, and a drum set. (And of course, a Nintendo Wii, ha, ha) For Aaron, HIS own room, a diet that he wouldn't mind but would still take all the extra weight off, and all the train sets I could find. I wish I could give all of them, a bigger house with more than one bathroom, a fantastic family vacation, a better relationship with their dad, and all the health and happiness in the world.
For Baron - A job that he loves that pays enough to make the child support payments, the other bills, and some leftover for him to have some fun, without having to work so much. More time with his girls. All the Quiznos he can eat! Peace of mind, good health, and lots of love.
For Baron's girls - I wish I could give them peace of mind, happiness, good health, both physically and mentally. Self-confidence in themselves and love from all sides. I wish I could give T. a car and a significant other. I wish I could give K. all the Star Wars stuff there is, and the ability to see herself as the funny, intelligent girl she is. For A., all the dance/gymnastics/music lessons she could take, and a healthy appetite.
For my students - I wish I could give them all happy childhoods. I wish I could give the ones who don't have them, parents who care. I wish I could give them peace of mind, to take away all the bad memories they have, from the mistreatment they have received in their young lives. I wish I could take away alll their anger and mistrust. I wish I could give them all a love of learning and reading.
For my parents - I wish I could give them good health, strong memories, and all the traveling they want. I wish they would never have to worry about money for themselves or their children or grandchildren. I wish they would be around forever.
For my Internet buddies - I wish I could give them all fantastic, individually designed blog templates, all the bells and whistles, and effortless posting. I wish I could give us all a way to meet, or to spend time together from time to time, despite the distances and time zones. I wish I could heal some of the broken hearts out there, and ease the money troubles of others. I wish somehow we could talk to each other in one big, easy conversation!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Posted by Jodi at 4:11 PM