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What I Want for Christmas - By Ralphie Parker
Remember that essay by the main character in the holiday classic movie based on the Jean Shepherd novel "A Christmas Story"? Of course you do.
It was the staple of the whole book/film and eventual Broadway play:
“I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.”
Lucky kid. He knew exactly what he wanted and was driven nearly mad with a methodical plan for securing it by December 25th.
When you're nine, it's so easy to verbalize your innermost desire, especially for, you know, fun stuff.
When you're 9 + 9 x 5 - 3 (fine I'm 51, okay?), it may be simple to say what you want. It's getting the other adults to accept it that's tricky.
"Patty what do you want for your birthday?"
"Nada, I'm good."
Dontcha just hate it when someone asks you what you want for your birthday at this age? I mean, let’s face it:
Birthday celebrations are for the very young, the very old, and the landmark dates in between infancy and becoming a centenarian, a’ight?
A lot of the other humans don’t believe me when I say I don’t want anything for my birthday. I know this because I’m related to several of them.
“Come on, you must want something?”
Um, no. In fact, curling up on the couch with a good book and lotsa nothing else sounds pretty copacetic to this old chick.
TBH, there’s a bunch of nothing I’d love on my b-day or any other old day along this space travel of mine ... and you can read all about in my Sunday column:
"Nuthin' - The Perfect Birthday Gift".
See you here, then!