“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” Dave Barry, High Priest of Humor.
I tested Father Barry’s theory, and it is true. I visited the largest Mall in our city, and while large for here, it’s an undersized strip mall in many places. I did not shop. Shopping is for women. I simply watched as people walked by. It was like traveling around the world.
An aged woman, up in her 40’s, sat on the same bench as me and made snide remarks as the crowd marched by. When a scantily clad group of teens walked by I thought the woman would faint. A little embarrassed she told me the sight upset her spirit, and that while being a Baptist not holding the idea of the Eradication of the “old nature,” she did expect it in others.
A home grown flash mob, imitating a widely viewed You Tube video, performed their version of music. Their tag proudly displayed, “The Tin Eared Autodidacts.” Several music teachers from local colleges stood by weeping.
Being a Baptist, I did not shop, sing (fear of prison) or parade around. I just sat on a bench and watched. Oh, I noted that this is a lot like church, where I also sit and watch with a criticism here and there. For me, Christmas is all year.
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly