Mind of The Wandering Monk: #0013 – A Mammoth Task
For some, Christmas is a chance to spend money they don’t have in order to buy presents no one needs for people they’d rather not spend their precious vacation days seeing. For yours truly, it’s a time to cut out of work early, park inside my tiny Main Street apartment, crank the electric baseboard heaters, and do nothing at all.
In honor of that do-less, self-gifting spirit, I sat in the creaky office chair I found on the side of the road on my birthday last year and recorded one of my favorite holiday stories — “The Gift of the Magi,” by O. Henry — which my father read to me every year on Christmas Eve when I was a kid. However, no holiday special would be complete without carolling, so I picked up the acoustic guitar after a few swigs of Old Grandad and improvised a story about Santa actually being some guy named Steve who lives down the street.
With that, I’ll leave this podcast here next to a glass of spiced eggnog, and hope you’re enjoying the company of those that matter most.
She got out her curling irons and lighted the gas and went to work repairing the ravages made by generosity added to love. Which is always a tremendous task, dear friends — a mammoth task.
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