A Christmas Reckoning in Brief




One lesson of Christmas that everyone learns.

What counts is the gifting and not the returns.

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  • According to America's Funniest Home Videos, Amazon has a way of reducing returns. A boy said "Alexa, order me an excavator dump truck." Alexa: "Amazon does not carry [the troll pictured under this comment]."

  • That's fun, thank you -- and thanks for giving us many poetic perspectives through this wild year.

  • P.S. As our friend Mr. Stevenson wrote (and I just ran across again), "I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered."

  • I appreciate the sentiment you (and RLS) expressed. My only suggestion is that you make the last line conform to contemporary usage:

    "What counts is the gifting and not the returns."

  • Thanks, jnorto. Your advice is right on the money. And I'm taking it.

    “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

    ― Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

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