My mother used to say, "If everyone takes a limo to the dance when they are in 8th grade, what will make it special when you do it as a senior in high school?" Good words of advice when also applied to other teenage activities (insert your own at your own risk).
While I am not good at waiting, I see merit in the wait for communication purposes (if someone says something that angers you, count to 10 (or 462) before responding, for example).
So, after I ate a bit of Halloween candy last night (what's a girl supposed to do when we bought a bag of candy and only two trick-or-treaters showed up), today I went to a local outdoor mall in Tucson (absolutely beautiful weather so no way could I go into a piped-in-air-conditioning mall). As I entered Anthropologie (my new favorite clothing/eclectic home furnishings store), I was greeted with a delicious scent. Aahhhh...the smell of shopping (somehow, Dave doesn't enjoy my love for this scent). As I wandered to the back, I heard the beginning strains of ..... wait a minute.....what is that sound.....AARGH!! None other than "Jingle Bells".
The salesperson nearest me turned and asked, "Ma'am, did you need help?"
Oops, I guess I said that outloud.
"No thanks", I replied, and then I quickly left the store. I couldn't do it. Not on November 1st.
There are two whole months until Christmas. How can we already begin hearing Christmas music? Shouldn't we show a bit of restraint at least until the Halloween candy has cleared the shelves of the stores??
And what in the world must Thanksgiving think of this disrespect? Oh sure, you may argue, "But there are so many Christmas songs to be played and so little time." Au contraire, I argue. I think we should give Thanksgiving its due. Dave asked (when I complained about the outrage), "What Thanksgiving songs do you know?"
Well......how about all the great hits, "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" and "Five Little Turkeys"? Okay, well that might be the best case for my argument, but still!!
It's just wrong, wrong, wrong to hear Christmas songs on November 1st. Next thing we know, kids will be trick-or-treating while caroling. How about just waiting a few short weeks?
After all, there is beauty in the wait.....