No post yesterday because I was Very Busy. Very Busy doing a final round of holiday shopping and treating myself to an IMAX 3D viewing of the Star Wars film (did you know about this? did you hear about this? they made a new one).
It was predictably busy at the Gargantuan Mall, but I did not mind, for several reasons. The day was spent with my younger brother, and it afforded us some Quality Time together (which was a pretty typical blend of cracking dumb jokes and making sociological observations — #bros).
~8 hours in the midst of the Holiday Retail Swirl also reaffirmed a perspective I’m reminded of each year at this time: that the people, of all ages, races, genders, and creeds, who work those stores & registers are the unsung heroes of the season. If it’s exhausting doing the Shopping, a whole other world exists in doing the Selling.
Granted it may not be as hectic as it once was, what with the ease & popularity of online browsing — but still. Always a good humanity check for myself that pretty much zero times do I ever need to DEMAND anything of the (usually) overworked & underpaid, and that right now they deserve an extra helping of patience, kindness, and understanding (also, that because of the prevalence of online sales, those jobs are hurting all the more).
Finally, I consider myself blessed that I get to do this dance at all. Yes the process may be stressful, but Giving makes it all worth it. I’m 26, employed, have a full week off for the holiday break, and can afford to purchase gifts. That’s more than many, many other people have right now, and if I’m not grateful for that, then the seasonal feelings just aren’t worth that much, y’know?