I tried to embed this story, but no dice, so it's just an old-fashioned link, my friends. But it's a nice kick in the butt perspective-wise. No matter how bad my day may be, it's nothing compared to what some people go through this time of year. And for all of the assholes out there, and I know a couple, there are so many wonderful, giving people with hearts 10 times too large, and I know dozens of this kind, and they DO outnumber the assholes.
Kids can't help the situations their parents are in, but they can sure see what everyone else is getting at school. Not only am I going to go out and get my Secret Santa kid his gift now, I'm going to up the ante and get another gift card to go with it, and it's because of the examples of people like the KMart donors, the Bloggess and her Great 2010 Pay-It-Forward, and everyone else who tries to make a difference.
Yes Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus. And it's you.
An early Merrry Christmas and blessings to you all!