Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's almost over...and it's only just begun!

It's almost over:

So I’m approaching the end of NaNoWriMo. I’m at a word count of 40K and I think I can squeeze out another 5 or 6K before the end of the month. So I didn’t win. But I’m not a loser.

I got a lot accomplished and almost none of what I’ve written makes me cringe so maybe (just maybe) when I finish the revision process will go easier.

...and it's only just begun:

And now we are full swing into the holiday season. I have mixed emotions about the holidays. I honestly can’t decide whether I love them or hate them. Stores and malls can be filled with some of the most vile types on the Friday after Thanksgiving and the last Saturday before Christmas. Though I’ve never personally witnessed any hissing, fisting, grappling, and trampling over the last [insert grossly-overpriced-plastic-good-that-whirs-giggles-or-beeps here] I think that's only because I stay home on those days. The idea of it saddens me. I couldn’t enjoy television last night because every single commercial set began a jewelry store that implies a woman’s affection can be purchased with diamonds. It was followed by a commercial from another jewelry store that implied that a woman needs multi-diamond necklace to remind her of the special occasions in her life. It was a terrific trifecta when the commercial set was closed with one where a woman was complaining that expensive household appliances and mattress were gifts inferior to her brand new Cadillac.

Ugh.

The commercialism of the holiday can be overwhelming and disheartening.

Then, when I believe I’m at my wit’s end, I experience something that reminds me that there are people out there that still remember the good of the holiday. Such the case last night. It was late and I was at my nearby superstore looking for cold medicine. There was a worn and weary grandmother trying to deal with a screaming 3 year old. Screaming is an understatement. When it comes to kids I have the patience of Job but this kid’s screeches sent trills down my spine. While wrestling with the kid so he didn’t jump out of the bas-cart and hurt himself, the grandmother’s handbag fell and spilled out everywhere. I dropped to my knees to help gather all her scattered belongings and as I was crawling along the store floor I realized there were no fewer than six of us doing the same thing. While we were gathering up her stuff one of the managers on duty came over opened the toy the child was screaming about and started to play with him right there, advising the woman she could finish her shopping, they would be there playing. The grandmother hesitated and said the boy had special needs. The manager smiled and told the woman she had an autistic child at home and recognized the tantrum.

The boy was quiet. The manager was fully engaged with him. The grandmother’s handbag was full of its contents and set right in the bas-cart and we all went back to doing what we do.

I wish they had holiday commercials like that.

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23 comments:

Faye Hughes said...

Bethany,

What a great story about the grandmother and the store manager who, gosh, actually cared. I don't head out to the mauls this time of year. There truly be dragons out there. LOL.

Faye

Jenyfer Matthews said...

What a lovely story. I'm sure that you all made that grandmother's night.

I also have mixed feelings about the holidays. One benefit of living abroad is that our satellite package doesn't run the same sort of emotionally-manipulative commercials that run in the US. Don't miss them either.

Jenyfer Matthews said...

PS - I didn't officially sign up for NaNo, but if it makes you feel better, you still wrote about 35K more than I did this month!!!

Christie Craig said...

Bethany,

Great story. I love it when it I'm reminded how the good in world stands out.

Thanks...

Crime Scene Christie

Bethany True said...

Mauls! That, hands down, is the funniest punniest thing I've read today!

And I desperately hope that one day the good stories are as reported as the one about the 3 mothers who came to blows over a place in line to see Santa. When I read that story, Christie, I thought about your poem - which, by the way, needs its own page.

That's my Christmas wish.

Stacy S said...

Great story! It's nice to know there are still people who care.

Dru said...

That is a great story and it was good to see everyone helping the grandmother. People really do care.

cas2ajs said...

That was heartwarming! That's the kind of news I like to hear.

Cheryl

Jana DeLeon said...

What a great story, Bethany! Thanks for sharing.

Gemma Halliday said...

That was a beautiful story, Bethany! Wish I had seen it. Then again, I probably would have been in tears blubbering about how heartwarming it was. :)

~Gemma

Tori Lennox said...

What a lovely story! The world needs more like that. :)

Wendy said...

Aw, they should have holidays commercials exactly like that! not that jewerly crap! :)

Estella said...

I love it when I find out there were still some caring people in the world.

Lucy said...

What a sweet story. Good to know there are people out there like that. :-)

KimW said...

awww...what a nice story! I do like the holidays. The music, lights and family gatherings. I don't, so much, enjoy the shopping. I try to keep happy during the holidays and ignore the grumpy people in the malls that I come in contact with.

Congrats on your accomplishments with NaNoWriMo. I'm a reader and doubt I could come up with even a little bit of a story.

catslady said...

That was really sweet!

They started these commercials before Halloween. We end up muting them all because we just couldn't stand it.

RachaelfromNJ said...

Great story! Good luck with your writing and I'd love to be entered for this contest! :)

deseng said...

What a wonderful story for this time of year! It is an inspiration when someone takes the time to care for another person in need. Thanks for sharing that with us!
I wish you many blessings for a wonderful holiday season!

Melis L.

ruth said...

A special story that is wonderful. This is so heartwarming and I appreciate caring and kindness.

anne said...

This is a sweet story that should set an example for this time of year and all year long. More of that is needed in our world.

Liz said...

My husband and I were talkin about christmas presents, he wants things he can use while deployed (i am a USN wife) like a camera or an ipod. And as we were talkin a jewelry came on and i changed the channel, told my husband jewelry for christams is overrated... as well as the commercails they play..... I love the story
And the part about the grandmother and the store manager, is very touching, i wish people were like that on a daily bases, its a shame that people dont feel the need to do things such as that through out the year, Your story was very touching

Wendy said...

Hiiii Liz! heheh, I sent her over here. *g*

JOYE said...

Enjoyed the story. Have a nice holiday