Tuesday, December 23, 2008

December 23

I feel sick. I felt pretty sick all weekend, and not too great yesterday. I have had a headache since Saturday. I didn't want to be sick for Christmas, but if ever there were a Christmas to be sick for, this is it.

The only plan I have this Christmas is to go to a meeting on Christmas Eve morning, go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve night, and go to a movie on Christmas Day with my daughter and one of her many boyfriends. So really, I can do all these things sick. There are no big demands to make big meals or do any major entertaining. It is good. I don't really like it, but it is good.

Yesterday I called my church to see if they needed more hams for their Christmas baskets. They were completely out of hams, but had plenty of turkeys. I went to the grocery store and picked up a couple of nice hams. I took them to the church and as I walked in, someone said "that lady has a ham!" It seems the people picking up the baskets were clamoring for ham - and not turkey. Someone grabbed a ham right out of my hand! I was grateful to be the giver and not the taker in that equation.

I am not telling you this to tell you how great I am, but to just suggest that if you have a couple extra bucks, you might call around and see what you can do. There are a lot of hurting people out there and the normal supply of charity is pretty dried up. One of the great lessons I learned in sobriety was to learn to give without expectation. Now THAT is a gift!

Take care out there, it is a treacherous time for drunks.


Syd said...

There are a lot of people in need. There is a local Good Cheer Fund and amazingly enough, there has been more money donated this year than last. It goes to help those in need in the community. So far this year, the donations are at $160,000. It's a great thing.

Hope that you feel better. Chicken soup....

Scott W said...

Our weather, being freezing one day and in the 70s the next makes for a lot of sniffling folks. Take care.

The holidays are emotional for lots of people. We have Intergroup phones from Christmas to New Year's and I bet they are busier than usual this year.

dAAve said...

I am a ham.

Kim A. said...

We have a 36 hour Alcathon at the Raleigh Camel Club this year again on the 24th and 25th. Great place to be if you need what the winners have (AA and Alanon!!). Round the clock open AA meetings and food food food.

I hope you feel better soon and I can recommend the movie Twilight (did I tell you I've got a secret crush on Edward Cullen??). I've seen it 7 times (can you spell obsessive?).


Mary LA said...

You've been through so much recently that perhaps your body is telling you to rest up. I was thinking about the sad death of your friend and remembering how exhausting I found bereavement to be.

Take care and get as much sleep as you can.

Pam said...

I am the glaze on Daves ham.

Keep your feet warm Mary...did you save some of your knitted socks for yourself?

Anonymous said...

Mary Christine, my youngest brother is sick and on antibiotics, people yesterday were sick and I even read another blogging website where folks are sick all over the country. And now here, too. I hope you feel better soon. Chicken broth with garlic in it, or if you have a Thai restaurant nearby, they can make you some Tom Ka Gai soup that will really clear your sinuses. No work for me for 13 days - all paid.


Cat said...

I hope you start feeling better soon!

steveroni said...

Mary, sure hope you feel better right away. There is no 'good' time to feel bad.

I remember being sick a lot when I lived in Ohio. Hardly ever been sick in the 44 years in FL

I play masses at 4:30, and 8 PM Wed. then at 10:30 Sunday. Then on to the Alcathons...all GOOD stuff! Happy!

Trailboss said...

Merry Christmas friend. I hope you feel better.

♥Shann♥ said...

ooh feel better. Merry Christmas. It is great to be the giver rather than the reciever. Our family took care of a single mom, and her 4 children. I got Bayleigh involved and she really felt great about helping kids her age! We went to Walmart and got a few little things and then a nice gift card, wrapped it up and put a card from Santa and snuck up to her door, and dropped it off. She has no idea who it was from hee hee But I know she is grateful and that was what I was going for! I am not bragging either, just on the same kick with you on doing something nice for someone else... Merry Christmas and feel better

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