A terrible thing happened this morning when I got up. I looked at the calendar.
That’s “terrible” because I saw the date and realized I’d done it again. I’d lost whole days, maybe weeks, into some vacuum of space time continuum, or something…whatever it is that makes time simply disappear!
Somehow in my brain, days pass, but not dates. I know that’s probably a difficult distinction for many of you to grasp, but it’s a common problem with me. I can’t keep track of dates! (I remember dates, like birthdays, just not when they’re “up” on the calendar!)
I blame a job I had about 20 years ago for this mental deficiency. I was working for one of the federal agencies, managing a program that recognized employees for length of service. They got small tokens (and I do mean small) for 10, 20, 30 years of service, etc., and it was my job to monitor those names and make sure the employees were duly recognized at the appropriate time. As a necessity, I was always working six months in advance.
Well, ever since then, dates are just a quasi-meaningless jumble in my head! I go to write a check, and my hand freezes on the date line. If it’s December, I start to write June or July. (See? Six months ahead!)
Why do I bring this up now, while we’re Holiday Hopping? Because I just realized it’s December 19th! Less than a week from Christmas and I still have gifts to buy for about six people who are very special in my life. That’s not enough time! Especially considering I don’t have a clue what to get them. And several of them live hundreds of miles away! (I hate when I do this!)
I know I’m not the only person who waits until it’s almost too late. How about you? Will you be scouring the pick-over shelves with me over the next few days, or do you have a stash of already wrapped gifts in some corner, ready to grab and distribute when needed? (You can tell me! I promise, I won’t hold it against you! My own wonderful older sister falls into the latter category!)
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Happy December 19th, everyone!