Monday, December 18, 2006

Merry Happy Kwanzukah!

This holiday season, I challenge all of you to do something unexpectedly kind and selfless for someone, preferably a stranger, because I know most of you, and I know you already do so much for those you love.

Do something kind for a stranger or someone with whom you aren't particularly close. Do it for the simply joy of giving, or because you need to earn brownie points with the man upstairs, or because you need to balance out your karma account, or do it because Punky asked you to. I don't care why you do it ... I just hope you all will do it.

And then if someone happens to do something unexpected and kind for you, I'd love it if you would write about it here.

Sending you all the deepest happiness, love and joy this holiday season.

~ Punky

Oh, and because it just wouldn't be right without one ... here is the question:

What is your fondest memory?


At 7:58 PM , Anonymous jamester said...

Today, it would have to be the first time each of my children was able to clearly say "I love you, Dad."
The last Dodger's World Serious victory in 1988 had several sustained moments of ecstasy I remember fondly, too...

At 1:43 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

I'm not much of a hug-inititator, but I gave a hug to someone who needed one.

At 3:50 AM , Blogger Kaf said...

Christmas memory? 1987, the year Dad locked the lounge room so we couldn't peek at the presents, then lost the key. That was funny. It's funnier in hindsight when we've got the presents, though.

Overall memory? Family holidays. Just to spend undiluted times with the ones you love who drive you nuts the most..

At 7:57 AM , Blogger punky said...

Leetie and Kaf ... I have a great version of 2000 miles on my myspace page. Go to my profile and click on "my web page".

Merry Christmas!

At 9:59 AM , Blogger Leetie said...

Thanks! Will do.

My fondest memory has to be when I heard my p-nut gurgle-out a cry as the docs brought her into the world. JU and I were behind the c-section screen (he couldn't watch, although I did make him snap a few shots over the screen for me too look at later). We looked at each other and said, "that's HER!"

At 8:50 PM , Anonymous maille said...

fondest memory - anytime of the year or just christmas time? i'll do them both...

christmas time - going to get a tree w/ my dad and always winning in the competition of who picks out the best tree!!!

anytime of the year - meeting dan for the first time in person! "you had me from hello!"

At 9:27 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

I did something nice and selfless for someone with who I am not particularly close.

The backstory: My mother had a Norwegian exchange student two years ago. Nice kid. Got along really well as an "only child" at my mom's, with my grandparents, at school, at chruch, etc. Personally, I think he got a really sweet deal living at my mom's. They ate out the time, doi quite a bit of travelling, mom was always slipping him a 20 spot when he was on the way out the door with friends, etc.

The set-up: The Norwegian's sister is now an exchange student in my home town with a family that the brother became friendly with while he was in the states. She has to deal with host siblings (three) and the family rarely eats out. She enjoys it when my mom picks her up to take her out on the town, etc. Recently, Maria asked my mom if the crackers on the restuarant table were free to take. Mom said "yes," and then noticed that Maria had been packing her purse with saltines. It seems the host family often doesn't eat dinner until 7 or 8 in the evening when the parents get home. Poor dear gets peckish between then and noon lunchtime.

The payoff: Maria went to church with us Christmas Eve then came back to the house for lunch. On the way home from church, I stopped in the grocery store and purchased a half dozen diffenent snack packs, e.g. a case of Lance peanut butter crackers, mini packs of goldfish, granola bars, etc.

So I fed a semi-starving Norwegian. And I slipped her two twenties.

Yea, me!


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