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Got the Christmas Blues or Feeling Stressed Out? Chill Out With Max!

December 19, 2010

Okay, we’re all feeling a variety of emotions at this time of year. Me? I hold my breath until January 2. I’ve been raising kids for 31 years, and Sue and I have gone through a ton of Christmases.

Now, we’re exceedingly lucky to get our four adult “kids” at our home for a Christmas supper within two days of the 25th. If one daughter isn’t two provinces away with her two girls and hubby, another is working a paramedic shift, saving those choking on turkey bones, while our one son is travelling to Florida to bask in the sun with the inlaws. Fortunately, our “baby” (21) is still figuratively tethered to the financial mothership. Yes, if you want next semester’s college tuition paid by Daddy and Mommy, show up on the 25th for the proverbial turkey feast.

But I’m not bitter; just resigned to the fact that our babies grow up, that they’re still connected emotionally to we parents (idiots though we may be considered) and that in times of turmoil we’re always there to console and support (yep, been there, done that twice with the Boomerang kid thing).

The only one in our home with any degree of balance is our four and a half year old Yellow Labrador Retriever, Max.

I envy him.

Max is cool. The females among his running buddies go gaga over him.

He looks at us sometimes as if to say: “You humans are such losers. I sleep when I feel like it. Get fed well, plus some treats. Run with my canine buddies a couple of times a week. And when I have a dump, I don’t have to pick it up. What a life!”

When I leave Planet Earth, whenever the Big Guy decides that, I want to return as a Yellow Labrador Retriever.

So folks, when you’re standing in the long line this Christmas at Walmart, Macey’s, Canadian Tire, Target, Best Buy or Home Depot, chill out.

Or when you’re stuck in a long line of cars in a mammoth parking lot, your right foot twitching as you try to restrain your impulse to run over the person sauntering along in front of you pushing an overloaded shopping cart, take a deep breath.

It’s not the end of the world.

Think of what’s important in your life.

Is it getting the extra savings on that phenomenal plasma TV? The new iPhone or iPad? The nifty watch? Whatever?

Will it be important one year from now what you got for Christmas this year?

Take a cue from Max.

Put it all in perspective.

Nothing makes Max happier than to see our four kids arrive at the door, his tail wagging with enough energy to power a city block.

It’s family that’s what matters.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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