I MUST mute the television when a specific auto commercial comes on. It depicts a self-centered, privileged, spoiled woman and her significant other.
She gifts him with “a little something, an early present,” expensive sunglasses, a pair for him and one for her.
He tells her he also bought them a gift. He takes her outside their mansion and proudly declares, “One for you, and one for me.”
He indicates the black pickup truck is for himself and the red SUV for her.
She dashes to the black truck shouting, “I love it!”
As he mutters, “That one…” She hops inside the truck and swoons over the vehicle, “I love it!”
He says, “And I LOVE that you love it. I like red.”
She enthusiastically shouts, “I love-love-love it!”
I HATE IT! The message promotes selfishness.
I wonder if self-indulgence is what drives people to refuse to wear a mask during a raging, killer pandemic. Is this the collective attitude? “No official is going to tell ME what to do!”
Do they boldly declare or silently believe, “I love-love-love my freedom from authority, and I will do as I please!”
Such a simple, temporary,
life-saving act. This is not going to be forever!
PLEASE wear a mask in public.
My great-grandson, six-year-old Liam, video chatted with me the other evening before bedtime. He wore only a big smile and his underwear. Three-year-old Alex and two-year-old Charlie were already in their jammies.
“Nana, it was precious.”
“My brudders, Nana!”
Liam usually complains about how they bother him. But on this day he had done something selfless and thought only of them. Their reaction was precious to him.
His mom had given him money for the school’s Santa shop to buy something for himself that day. When he got off the bus, he was clutching stuffed animals. He still loves his Peppa Pig lovey, but he’s not into stuffed animals any more.
Talking to me, he squealed and aimed the camera at Alex and Chalrie. “Nana, look at my brudders.”
There stood Alex beaming as he clutched a small orange stuffed dinosaur, identical to a raggedy one he already has. And Charlie was proudly showing me his sad-eyed stuffed giraffe.
Ashley told me, “Liam said he bought the dino because Alex keeps losing his lovey and won’t go to sleep with out it. He heard me say I would pay $40 on Ebay for a replacement one!” (I hope she was joking.)
Liam bought the giraffe because Charlie likes the Toys R Us Geoffrey giraffe.
"I got this one with sad eyes because Charlie is always whining and crying about something.” His reasoning was spot on.
This little boy is very thoughtful and caring. He received
more pleasure from giving.
“It’s precious, Nana. Look at them!”
HE is precious. He has the Christmas spirit and I hope he always remembers the adage, It is better to give than receive.