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It's a Wonderful Life

That I had an acute case of ‘woe-is-me’ last night certainly didn’t seem appropriate for the season.  It’s just that at six p.m. my lengthy list of things I’d had hopes of  finishing was still sitting with just a single check mark beside it.  And I’d had to write that item in, just so I could mercifully check it off.

I’d picked up magnets and steel balls that had been tossed near the Christmas tree; I’d thrown ten or thirty jingle bells into a zip-loc, so I’d never have to pick them up again–this December; I’d corraled lost underwear in the hallway and yards of yarn that only God knows why was laying all over the carpet; I’d fed the cat, fed the dog, and fed the kids–multiple times; I’d forgiven–mostly–the child who’d stepped on pomegranate seeds and then kept walking around the house.  I’d supervised time-outs, saved the cat’s life, torn through a pile of bills, turned on a Dora video, turned off a Dora video and…

…thrown up my hands because it wasn’t enough.

That a friend extended an invitation to come over and watch It’s a Wonderful Life,  and that I went, and sat, and watched, and sobbed into a napkin…might’ve just been the thing I needed.  Merely sitting might’ve sufficed.  But by the time George Bailey recognized how much his family meant to him and how much his life had mattered, I was wiping my eyes for the 37th time and realizing there were people at home I had to hug.  And ‘to do’ lists to dismiss.

Thank you, Lord…

for showing me…my Wonderful Life.


3 Responses to “It's a Wonderful Life”

  1. Perry Olson says:


  2. Carolyn Moore says:

    If only the World’s entire number of parents could get this in their hearts. Can you imagine the revival of the extinct concept: “Family”? Thanks Jeanne for touching my heart once again!!

  3. Linda H says:

    Very well put. Sometimes we need a moment to step back and see how truly blessed we are and Jeanne you are truly blessed.

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