I have been harbouring a secret (or, maybe, not-so-secret) shame for the past 6 weeks. This year, I was a Christmas card deadbeat.
Many people sent cards, and Jon put them in a pile for me upstairs. I planned to look through them as I was writing up my own cards. Don’t tell me you don’t do that – double-checking to see if there’s anyone you forgot. Anyhow, before I realized what had happened it was Dec. 21, and it was the last Friday before Christmas, and there was no way the cards were making it out. It clearly was not happening.
I re-grouped. I would send out New Year’s cards. I’d get something pretty and generic and write an apologetic message and wish everyone all the best in 2008. It would be sort of funny and cute and people would forgive me because they would understand that Christmas with a toddler is busy and hectic and things slip through the cracks. However, now it’s almost the end of January and it’s too late for New Year’s cards.
I fear I must admit defeat. My stack of Christmas cards still goes unread, because I am too ashamed to face the better-organized and more considerate missives from friends and family. The guilt is simply too much to bear.
So, to anyone who feels snubbed, please accept my sincere apologies. I have been completely inconsiderate, and there is nothing to do about it now other than express my regret. Perhaps next year I will muster the basic courtesy to acknowledge all of those people who mean so much to me. I certainly plan to. But I am forced to concede that the odds are good I will find myself penning another such post. In the event that happens, feel free to snub me as well. It would be no less than I deserved.
But, let me be the first to wish you all a Happy Groundhog Day! 😉