So, I do my Christmas shopping early.
This year, the perfect gifts just seem to be jumping out at me.
The other day, I was talking to a friend on the phone. She was telling me about a snowman she saw at the local animal shelter thrift shop. She said that it was about 16 inches tall, glass. She fell in love with it as soon as she saw it, but it was $24.99.
"Mary!" I exclaimed.
But I couldn't blame her. It's been a rough year for her. Her husband was the one so badly injured when a truck lost control on an icy curve, swung into his lane and hit him head on as he was coming around that same curve in the other direction. There have been a lot of bills, the driver of the other vehicle was very under insured and that insurance didn't even cover the first week in ICU.
Danny operates heavy equipment, and his job won't take him back. His leg damage makes him a potential liability and they don't want the risk.
Lots of financial insecurity that is slowly sorting itself out, but still, I can understand why she wasn't going to pay $24.99 for a snowman.
The next day, I headed over right after work to see if I could find that snowman. Much to my horror, I walked in there to discover that the store was almost nothing BUT Christmas. Table after table after table. I died a little.
There were a LOT of snowmen mixed in there.
Resolutely, I began walking along each table, one at a time, scanning the displays when I came to this. I knew as soon as I saw him that this was what she'd seen. I picked him up and sure enough, he was $24.99.
I carefully picked him up and headed to the register. Mary and I have been friends for 50 years. I know a lot about her, but I didn't realize that I knew her tastes in snowmen too until that very moment.
Remember the old mercury glass ornaments? This is glass and designed to look like that, but he's pretty heavy. He's also a collectible.
I honestly haven't been so excited about a Christmas gift in a long time. I can't wait for her to unwrap it.