12/15/11

Thursday Thoughts

  • Have you ever had so many ideas for new quilts running around in your head you get dizzy?
  • That's how I've been feeling the last few weeks.
  • So many ideas, so little time.
  • It doesn't help my Crafter's ADD situation at all.
  • Last night I sketched out a new quilt based on a Gustav Klimt painting.
  • All while the UFO's under my table called out to me, "Taneeeeesha, we're loooonely. You started out making us with such delight and anticipaaaation. Now we're like old shoes in the back of the closet to you."
  • Then there's this little quilt I got an itch to make last weekend. 
  • With my jelly role race quilt still hanging on the design wall, 
  • the lighthouse quilt folded up in a corner of the table, 
  • and my At Home in the Woods quilt spread out across the dining room table.
  • It's such a paradox to me that this craft I love so much and so enjoy doing drives me crazy a lot of the time.
  • I went to Target, the grocery store, and the hardware store yesterday.
  • All 3 had a Salvation Army person standing at the entrance.
  • At the first, I put a couple bucks in the bucket.
  • At the second, I put some change in on my way out but couldn't help but think "Really? Again?"
  • At the third, I couldn't help but think, "If she doesn't stop ringing that damn bell...."
  • Yes, I know.
  • I am a horrible, awful person.
  • But I can't be the only one to feel like you have to walk the long way around to get into a store these days.
  • Without feeling like a total cheapskate for not leaving some change in the red bucket. 
  • Every. Time.
  • Or you see someone ELSE walk quickly by the bucket and think, "cheap bastard."
  • Not exactly in the Christmas spirit and all the fa la la's we expect this time of year.
  • I mean, don't you think there should be a sensor you wear in your jacket so the Wal Mart Salvation Army person could tell, "Oh yeah, she left $5 in the bucket at the grocery store, so she's good to pass."
  • And now Samantha has got in on the red bucket action.
  • It's my own fault really.
  • I should have known trying to teach her about charity and giving would somehow come back to bite me in the behind.
  • Last week I took her with me to the grocery store.
  • On the way in, she asked about the bell and big red bucket.
  • She wanted one.
  • A bell that is.
  • So as we walked around the store, I explained to her the reason they were out there ringing the bell.
  • She was very intrigued and concerned.
  • She thought about children without food or blankets to sleep under at night.
  • She wanted some money to put in the bucket.
  • I gave her a dollar.
  • She put it in the bucket, and then started talking to the lady ringing the bell.
  • Before I could give her the "NOOOOOOO" look, the lady handed Sam the bell.
  • Sam proceeded to ring that bell with gusto.
  • She also decided she needed to add some vocal accompaniment to the ringing, and started singing Jingle Bells along with the bell.
  • Then she did a rousing rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town and 2 other kids walking into the store made their parents stop so they could briefly join in.
  • She made $15 for the bucket in less than 10 minutes.
  • I finally convinced her to hand back the bell.
  • Yes it was very cute, very "Samantha-like," and I am a proud but red-faced mother.
  • But remember when I said it would come back to bite me?
  • Well now EVERY store we walk into that has a Salvation Army person out front, she feels it's her duty to stand by the bucket and help the bell ringer.
  • And she has no qualms about calling you out if you try and pass by "her" bucket without leaving some change.
  • "SIR! SIR! YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO LEAVE MONEY IN THE BUCKET! DON'T YOU KNOW THERE ARE HUNGRY AND DIRTY CHILDREN WITHOUT BLANKETS WHO NEED IT? DON'T YOU KNOW SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN? HE'S BRINGING ME A BARBIE AND SQUINKIES!"
  • Sigh.
  • Those damn Squinkies.
  • She's 4 so she is still learning the meaning behind selfless giving.
  • But I can't deny she's got the "Spirit" part nailed.
Happy Holidays!!

CGM

6 comments:

  1. Ok - Tanesha. I am starting my day here in L.A. laughing. That is great. You got to love Samantha. She has got the world figured out.

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  2. Dear Tanesha,
    Thank you for posting my thoughts so I don't have to. Our UFOs must be related.
    Jaye
    artquiltmaker.com/blog

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  3. Now I'm going to bust out laughing every time I see the Salvation Army buckets! LOL!

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  4. Now I'm going to bust out laughing every time I see the Salvation Army buckets! LOL!

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  5. I used to think that giving money to the food bank when I checked out at the grocery store gave me a pass to ignore the SA bell ringers. But even I would give money if a child was ringing the bell and singing. I think the SA is missing a great opportunity by not having a few cute pre-schoolers singing at every bucket.

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  6. i just started listening, love it! your laugh is great. enjoying the book reviews. listen to you while at work (quilt shop). have to replay at least 5 times, because when customers come in i miss bits and pieces. Great podcast.....

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