|My Santa, 2012|
As I look back on the years, I have to wonder exactly what he does with all his time since retirement. He might actually have a workshop in our other barn. I have never really snooped through that barn, it's usually too messy. And yet, I remember how shocked he was one day when I just "happened" to open the doors while he was in there working. Nothing looked especially different......, but then I didn't check the "back room".
Now I am seriously wondering about his trip to Florida in December for the last three years. He is supposedly "helping a friend drive to Florida". He then spends the next ten days doing exactly what? I don't really know. He tells me that he is getting a little R&R, relaxing at the pool, going to a car show, kayaking in the gulf, checking out the Harley shops and enjoying time with his friend. I have to wonder about all of this, there are no pictures, no real evidence to prove he is in Florida!!!!
Meanwhile, I am at home. Taking care of elderly dogs, Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, planning Christmas dinner with the kids, checking and re-checking my lists, making sure packages are mailed to far off places, creating and writing Christmas cards and even trying not to make a mess of the house!!! And I ask, who is the real Santa?????
Mr. Claus is due back from his ten day trip today. I am rushing around, picking up the house, chasing porch cushions that blew away last night from the mighty winter wind, running snacks to Village Artisans open house this evening, bring in the trash cans from the curb, trying to finish the last minute handmade gifts in the studio and all before I have to pick him up at the airport this afternoon.
I hope he is well rested for his journey on Christmas Eve. I'm not quite sure how he does that, he is always snoring away when I finally finish the morning homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast and climb into bed. I might just keep an eye open this year and make sure he isn't secretly leaving after I've fallen asleep. Oh heck, who cares, I'm worn out and need my sleep............
Merry Christmas friends! Remember it isn't the gifts, it's family near and far and the love they share every day. Blessings and Joy and Love to you all!