Sometimes we just have to wait for things. I never did like hearing that. From my parents or anyone else. I've had lots of practice waiting for things over the years but it never gets any easier. My son Joe went to a friend's Christmas Party on Sunday night and had a bit too much to drink, leaving him with a memorable hangover. So even though Monday was a beautiful, warm and sunny day he was too sick to come over and work on the porch. It was supposed to be finished today. I was going to rush home from work to sit on my new front porch, take some pics of it and then run into the house to post them here in my Journal, to share them with anyone who was interested in looking at them. The porch will never be finished by Christmas Eve now. Even if Joe works on the porch all day tomorrow, he still has to go back to Home Depot to buy the lattice for under the deck. He hasn't even cut the frames for the steps yet. I'm sure he isn't planning on working at all on Wednesday or Thursday, so I guess the most I can hope for is Friday. I know he's young and he deserves to have all the fun he can have. He works hard and he's a good kid. A man really. And he has to do all the hard parts. Work out in the cold. He has no one to help him most of the time and he never complains. His carpentry skills are awesome. But damn it! I wanted this porch so much! I know I'm still going to get it but I wanted it for Christmas! Couldn't he just get drunk on New Year's Eve after the porch was finished? Maybe there's a lesson here for me to learn. I'm sure Christmas is really about giving to others... not about wanting things for yourself. It's about seeing the beauty in spiritual things not just material ones. It's about giving and sharing and realizing what's really important in life.
THERE! I LEARNED IT! NOW FINISH THAT PORCH! AND I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! HO-HO-HO!