Sunday 25 December 2016

Christmas 251216

There's a story in my head every Christmas morning,  A young chap, comfortable middle class family, is opening presents on the living room floor. It's warm and dry, he has hot chocolate to sustain the work. He's excited as the mound of gift-wrap gets higher. Glittery things emerge. Eventually, there are no more parcels to open and he bursts into tears.
"What's wrong my petal, my love, my heir", go his doting parents.
"It's not ENOUGH", he rages.
True, dat! Once you start with The Stuff it's never enough: another blanket, a second digging-stick. a better obsidian knife . . . and 10,000 years later there's no rain-forest and the water in the stream smells peculiar.
A brief respite from that nagging feeling of St Chrimbo's Disappointment :
Now haway wi' ye, back to the family maelstrom. You know you love it. Joyeux Noël, Счастливого рождества, Nollaig shona dhuit.
Postscript Along the flaggy shore. The words by Seamus Heaney

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