By Braddah Lance
Ok, who not pau with their Christmas shopping yet?
Da Wife and I ventured out on Saturday to finish up.... ok, ok, she was all pau last week and I had to get for da rest of my ohana but I didn't tink it was bad at all. Da malls was hustlin' and bustlin' and da only "bad" thing about it was finding parking... in which da parking gods has bestowed upon me - besides da knack of finding terrible parkers - da luck of scoring parking within five to ten minutes.
Once we hit da main walkway at Ala Moana it felt like we were salmon during their annual run upstream. It's a good thing we had stroller in tow to serve like a fullback opening up a running lane for da running back cause from da looks of things, peoples just wanted to get in and out as fast as they could.
Why is it dat during da "happiest time of da year", people are usually at their worst?
Wassup Wit Dat!
People completely disreagrd da rules of da road, literally leave some aisles trashed and no fo'get about sharing da "oddah side" of da Christmas spirit... and it ain't giving da shaka. Let's not fo'get da workahs who NOT on commission literally acting like they no like be there and more grouchy than Da Wife. (it's ok, she no read WWD!)
I truly believe da holiday's are a test from da powers dat be to really see wat side of da list you really belong to. But while da spirit of giving runs true, one can't help to be selfish in order to give. Take da simple act of parking during dis time. If you see a spot open up, you try and rush 'em or if you see someone trying to snipe your spot, all da blood starts to boil. How about grabbing more than da "limit" of an item? Surah you not getting 'em for yourself - unless you really are - but then for every extra one you take, das one less for someone else.
Tink about it. Da true sense of giving is actually being selfish cause you always getting something out of it no mattah even if you say you not get anything out of it. More than likely it's an intangible benefit, but you still getting something out of it.
Just like you making everyone's favorite holiday dish, you feel good dat they enjoyed it. Or a "perfect" gift given, warms you up inside wen you see their face light up as they open it. I'll even admit dat all my years of coaching makes me giddy inside knowing dat hopefully, a difference was made in da keiki's life.
So I guess if being naughty makes me nice, call me a Grinch.
Anybody witness any "holiday spirit"? How has your Christmas rush been going.... or is it still going? Are you a gift card buyer or do you actually get out there and run with da salmon? Have you evah *gulp* re-gifted?