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It Is A Wonderful Life

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While waiting to leave for Christmas mass last night, the family had the television going, mostly for background. Flipping through the channels, I came across the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” and paused.  I’ve always loved that film.  It’s lessons are timeless. The scene I stumbled upon was quite timely to the events of today.  George Bailey was teasing the captive Mary Hatch who had dodged into a nearby shrub for cover when her rob accidentally came loose and fell to the ground.  Just as George is about to pounce, in a manner of speaking, on his captive prey, a car pulls up to tell him that his father had had a stroke.  He hops in the car and rides away, leaving Mary to her robe.  The next scene presents George Bailey stepping into his father’s shoes as he helps wind up his father’s business.  The board of the Bailey Building & Loan, seated around a long table, are debating the necessity of continuing the business and discussing it’s efficacy when George takes on the film’s antagonist, Mr. Potter.  Potter decries George’s father as a miserable businessman and suggests the board shut down the Building & Loan because of it’s meager profits.  George, at first agreeing with Potter about his father’s business acumen, comes to see the need for an alternative to Potter and the banking institutions he controls. For the rabble who do the bulk of the working and eating and living and dying, they need a humane resource to turn to.  Someplace where more than their bottom lines and bank accounts will be factored into the equation. George finally sees this and is presented with the chance to continue his father’s struggle on behalf of the salt of the earth whom Potter decries.  Of course, Bailey accepts.  And in so doing he commits the rest of his life to that course.  Only by the end of the film does he receive a return on his investments, in spades actually, when all those “garlic eaters” Potter dismissed rush to Bailey’s aid.

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December 25, 2009 at 23:11

Secret Santas

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It’s nearly Christmas.  The time when gift-giving abounds and generosity’s cup runneth over.  At the temp job yesterday, I bought twenty dollars worth of $2 scratch-off tickets, ten a piece, for my two fellow contract attorneys.  They were pleasantly surprised.  One had never bought or received an instant lottery ticket.  He won ten dollars.  The other won seven.  Nothing extravagant, but a nice gesture.  Of course one possible downside to such unexpected giving is that people may feel obligated to give something to you in turn.  Today one attorney bought me a coffee at Starbucks while the other bought Starbucks gift cards for me and the other attorney.  I was happy to receive their gifts, but I just they purchased them out of a desire to give and not a feeling of obligation.  That’s why I understand the urge to give quietly and anonymously. Keep reading . . .

Counting Your Blessings

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My mother and sister came out to the city for their annual Christmas-time visit.  We had breakfast and then walked around Times Square a bit.  Toys-R-Us made it on our itinerary.  My mother wanted to ride the ferris wheel.  There we were, three grown adults waiting to get on the ride.  I wanted to get the Scooby-Doo Mystery Van to ride in.   My sister quipped that she hoped we’d get the My Little Pony car.  We lucked out with Monopoly: something gender neutral.  The ride was actually a nice time.   My mother never rode on rides with us as children.  She never cared for them.

Just before riding the ferris wheel we saw the Broadway musical Irving Berlin’s White ChristmasI had suggested they see a show at the theatre where I’ve been ushering.  But my mother wanted to see a holiday show. Typically in years past we saw the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall, partly because it’s a decent show but mostly because it was very close to the office of my former law firm.  After  two years in a row we tired of it, however.  Last year we saw the Chinese New Year show instead—after the holidays, of course.  But this year the only holiday show we knew of was White Christmas. Keep reading . . .