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Thu Dec 25, 2014, 01:48 AM

A middle-aged man's Christmas memory

On Christmas day when I was 7 years old, I was sitting on the living room floor surrounded by Lionel Trains and all the You-Can-Tell-It's-Swell-It's-Mattel toys in existence. My best friend Walter, who lived with his mother in a small house in a not-so-great neighborhood, came by to visit. He stood for a few seconds in silence just looking at all the loot.

I said, "Hey Walter what did you get for Christmas?"

He hesitated, then touched his neck and said quietly, "I got this scarf."

The memory sticks because I could tell that Walter was embarrassed. I was too stupid at the time to know that I was the one who should have been embarrassed. At seven, I thought I had gotten all those toys because I deserved them. I was too stupid to realize that luck is not the same thing as virtue.

I don't know what ever happened to my best friend Walter. We lost touch over the years, the way kid best friends do. But I hope he has a Merry Christmas, wherever he is. I hope ya'll do too, DU.




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Bagsgroove Dec 2014 OP
elleng Dec 2014 #1
jaysunb Dec 2014 #3
elleng Dec 2014 #6
jaysunb Dec 2014 #2
elleng Dec 2014 #5
WestCoastLib Dec 2014 #4
jaysunb Dec 2014 #7
Skittles Dec 2014 #8
onethatcares Dec 2014 #10
Skittles Dec 2014 #11
Godot51 Dec 2014 #9

Response to Bagsgroove (Original post)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 01:51 AM

1. Thank you for sharing, Bagsgroove.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 01:55 AM

3. Special greetings to you Madame.

Enjoy your holidays and thank you for the many pleasures you've brought me this past year. (sunsets in particular)

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Response to jaysunb (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 02:02 AM

6. Thank you, jaysunb, and enjoy yours too.



Hope to have more sunsets later in the week.

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Response to Bagsgroove (Original post)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 01:52 AM

2. I,was Walter....many times.

We turned out ok.

Merry Christmas.

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Response to jaysunb (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 02:01 AM

5. Thank GOODness, jaysunb.

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Response to Bagsgroove (Original post)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 01:57 AM

4. Beautiful

Its a constant battle to make out kids understand this (we have a big extended family who all give them way too much)

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Response to WestCoastLib (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 02:18 AM

7. Amen n/t

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Response to Bagsgroove (Original post)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 02:21 AM

8. a few years back

my mum commented how I always lost my mittens, sweaters, even a couple of coats when I was a kid

I told her mum, I didn't lose them, I gave them to poor kids........she looked at me for a few seconds and then said, "Your dad suspected that." Dad was a depression survivor which is probably why he never said anything.

hey, the fact that memory stuck with you tells me you're an awesome person....Merry Christmas to you

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Response to Skittles (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 09:51 AM

10. something tells me

you are an awesome person too.

you've never outgrown your awesomeness.

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 10:46 PM

11. awwwwwwww thanks

Merry Christmas!

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Response to Bagsgroove (Original post)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 03:07 AM

9. Merry Christmas, Walter...

... wherever you are.

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