Revision of a Classic
It was a few nights before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, except me using my mouse.
eBay had screwed up….my wife’s gift was not here,
My hope was that “Santa” might find it somewhere.
The children were crashed…all sprawled out on their beds,
With visions of iThings dancing through their heads.
My wife chilling in her pajamas, the chihuahua sleeping in my lap,
If this dog pees on me again, I think I might snap.
From out in the front, a motor, I did hear,
I sprang from the desk with a powerful cheer.
The dog bumped it’s head on the table and fell,
She whined for a second then yapped at me with a yell.
I ran to the door with unprecedented glee
I tripped on some Legos….I think I busted my knee.
I opened the door with a curse and a frown
On the other side was a man all dressed up in brown.
I said, “I hope you are here to save Christmas, or my butt will be toast”,
He replied, “I’m sorry sir, but your package was shipped to the east coast.”
“So why are you here, is this supposed to make me feel better?”
“Just doing my job, sir…I’m sure there is something you could get her.”
I shut the door in his face and looked at my wife with a frown.
Always the optimist she said, “Don’t let it get you down.”
I sat on the couch and released a pitiful sigh
The dog bit my ankle which, in turn, made me cry.
I went to bed shortly after…feeling like a failure,
I wouldn’t have guessed that in my dreams there would be sent a savior.
The bearded man in red dropped by in my mind for a visit,
He reminded me that it is not the gifts that bring Christmas spirit.
Look around your home…you have boxes of photos around.
Place them in frames and watch the family past memories astound.
The personal touch means more than the gift that is bought
Those will soon be forgotten, and in the closet they will rot.
Take it from me young father, I have been doing this quite some time,
To pass along joy that is not store bought is surely not a crime.
Rest now, my son, and awake with new vigor,
Your nerves will be calmer, and your heart will be much bigger.
Enjoy the blessings of the season and the family that is around.
It will be over before you know it and much joy can be found.