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The Twelve Days of Christmas Pneumonia


(you know the tune)
On the first day of Christmas, pneumonia gave to me,
some cough drops for watching TV.

On the 2nd day of Christmas, pneumonia
gave to me, a brand new box of Kleenex, and some
cough drops for watching TV.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, pneumonia
gave to me, a cup of hot tea,
a brand new box of Kleenex and some cough drops for watching TV.

On the 4th day of Christmas, pneumonia
gave to me, a way to order cat food, a cup of hot tea
a brand new box of Kleenex and some cough drops for watching TV.

On the 5th day of Christmas, pneumonia gave to me, crap!! I need cat litter!!, need to order cat food, have some hot tea, here’s a brand new box of Kleenex, and some cough drops for watching TV.

On the 6th day of Christmas, pneumonia gave to me, my HOA is due now, Crap!! I need cat litter!! How to order cat food, have a cup of tea, here’s a brand new box of Kleenex and some cough drops for watching TV.

On the 7th day of Christmas pneumonia gave to me, the trashcan’s overflowing, my HOA is due now, CRAP! I need cat litter!! How to order cat food, have a cup of tea, here’s a brand new box of Kleenex and some cough drops for watching TV.

(Let’s face it: it’s humbug time.)

On the 8th day of Christmas pneumonia gave to me, the outside lights have gone out!, the trashcan’s overflowing,
my HOA is due now, CRAP!! I need cat litter!! How to order cat food, have a cup of tea, here’s a brand new box of Kleenex and some cough drops for watching TV.

On the 9th day of Christmas, pneumonia gave to me, the GFI keeps popping, the outside lights have gone out!, the trashcan’s overflowing, my HOA is due now, CRAP! I need cat litter!! How to order cat food, have a cup of tea, here’s
a brand new box of Kleenex and some cough drops for watching TV.

On the 10th day of Christmas pneumonia gave to me, UPS has LOST the package???
The GFI keeps popping, the outside lights have gone out!, the trashcan’s overflowing, my HOA is due now, CRAP!! I need cat litter!! How to order cat food, have a cup of tea, here’s a brand new box of Kleenex and some cough drops for watching TV.

On the 11th day of Christmas pneumonia gave to me, my neighbors all now shun me, UPS has LOST the package???,
the GFI keeps popping; the outside lights have gone out! the trashcan’s overflowing, my HOA is due now, CRAP!! I need cat litter!! How to order cat food, have a cup of tea, here’s a brand new box of Kleenex and some cough drops for watching TV.

On the 12th day of Christmas, pneumonia gave to me a cursing THREAT to Christmas, my neighbors all now shun me, UPS has LOST the package???, the GFI keeps popping, the outside lights have gone out!, the trashcan’s overflowing, my HOA is due now, CRAP! I need cat litter!! How to order cat food, have a cup of tea, here’s a brand new box of Kleenex and some cough drops for watching TV.

I wish the happiest of Holidays to all of you and your families. (keep your distance, I SHALL return!)

How can I ever Thank You?

Am I the only person who thinks a gesture deserves thanks? What about a full-fledged gift? What about the time to shop for the gift, the money to purchase the gift, wrap the gift, package the gift, and ship the gift? Does that deserve something in the line of ‘thanks’ or am I being too old-fashioned and stodgy?
People I dearly love are aggravating me. They do not know they should take the time to write me a note, acknowledging my time, my money (I am on social security), and my love.
I feel hurt. I feel dismissed. Are they taking advantage of me? Yet I am the one hoping that someone appreciates the gift that I shopped for, selected, wrapped and shipped. So, am I nuts?
My peers raised the kids in question. People just like my parents raised them. People just like me raised them. Except they do not thank you. “Thank you for taking time out of your life to shop for me, to spend money on me, to spend your valuable time on me, to go to the post office for me, to wrap gifts for me”. Nope. Absolutely nothing.
I sent 6 gifts last year. One cost over $100 to ship. Nothing. I sent a gift card to a youngster. $45.00. Nothing. I wrote. I sent toys. Nothing. One of my favorite relatives said she had been too busy to thank me. This, after I inquired if the huge box had been received. It had been 3 weeks. Yet, nothing more. Still no note.
Another said she had been busy and was ‘behind on thank you notes’. Uh huh. That set of gifts cost me about $65. That was Christmas. It’s April. I am now due another gift for the birthday. I am really rethinking all of this. For some reason, as I slash my personal budget and see my ‘gift’ budget consistently too high, I am questioning the logic of sending things to people who don’t feel a need to thank me for my time, my trouble, my money, my love and caring.
What in the world is happening?
When I discuss this with my friends, they say, “cut them off”. I understand that thinking. I have thought that so many times. My issue is that the kids are paying a price because my peer group, my relatives, did not bother to insist on the kids learning this important lesson.
Please. Thank You. Remember that? It is as old as “Dick and Jane”.
My step-mom called them ‘bread and butter notes’. You owed them within 3 days. Even ‘within a month’ would thrill me these days. My mom taught us that we did not use the item until we thanked the sender.
I know generation after generation complains about those following us. We think they are spoiled. We think they are entitled. I think we are right. What do YOU think? What do you do?