12/29/2004: Christmas in Civilization
For all you still at Kwajalein, thought I'd describe our past Monday, the day after Christmas. The big event was bringing Eric back to Brighton, but before that we went to BestBuy so the boys could burn some gift certificates. Even before that, we ate fresh-egg omelettes for breakfast, along with Sherry's good cinnamon rolls and orange bread. Sounds great, don't it? - immediate consumer gratification, fresh food...
The BestBuy trip was a logistical fete. We also had our grandson Logan, so we had to outfit the car with his seat. We got to BestBuy to find that Eric had lost his gift card, so we retraced our steps 5 miles back to the house only to find that it had slipped under the car seat. Lines to the registers were awfully long. There and back the traffic was voluminous, probably as much due to the good weather after last week's snow as the post-Christmas rush.
With the exception of the fresh eggs, breakfast was very duplicate-able with Surfway selections. Having Eric there was not, however.
So, which is better? Depends... being closer to family is good, having fresh food is good, but the logistics of travel, the throngs of folks to deal with, and the in-your-face materialism of Christmas in the states makes me long for Kwaj.
I didn't have a chance to play Santa this year - too much else going on to even think about the Santa party. But if I never do it again, I'll always relish my one performance of "Santa Kwaj" last year - the kids were so enthusiastic, and their wants were so simple.
How do you bring these things back to "the world?"
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