‘Tis the season to be jolly, but this year my tear ducts are working overtime. Here, in no particular order, five things that brought/bring on the water works:
1. Two movies: I AM LEGEND and THE BUCKET LIST. I don’t generally like apocalyptic movies, but I do love me some Will Smith. No spoilers, please, but whoa, could you not get a lump in your throat while watching him interact with his dog? And although BL’s plot line is predictable, the outrageous situations in which Jack Nicholsen and Morgan Freeman find themselves made me laugh…until I cried.
2. On Christmas morning my son surprised us by playing a medley of holiday songs on our piano — a heartwarming gift all on its own, but also a teary tribute to all the years I drove him to his
3. I own an unraveling but beloved afghan, in which I swaddled my sons when they were much younger. Even as adults, they still like to tuck themselves under my crocheted blanket, poking their fingers and twisting their toes through the ever-enlarging holes. I commissioned a new one to give my younger son for Christmas, and he snuggled into it as soon as he opened the box. Passing on the heirloom itself isn’t an option, but passing along a warm, happy tradition = priceless.
4. My re-piping project is finished! No more water leaks, what a relief, and on January 3rd, demolition begins anew. We’ve been promised the contractors will be here all day, every day, until the replacement kitchen’s installed, inspected, complete. When that day finally comes, glory hallelujah, I’ll be shedding tears of indescribable happiness.
5. Benazir Bhutto’s assassination yesterday was very sad, and it has potentially scary implications for Pakistan, the region, and the world. As Martin Luther King said in 1963, “Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. […] The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”