Recently I’ve been teased a bit for shopping in July for Halloween. I guess it’s Facebook because I’ve been shopping and patiently waiting for Halloween items to pop up each year for as long as I can remember. In fact, now with the internet, I can and do shop year round. On Facebook, *friends* who stalk your walls begin to assume that they know you. Sometimes, it’s quite loving—an old high school peer posts a Halloween item on my wall. I’ve seen the item a zillion times because, well, it’s my thing but to the friend who thinks it’s new, that individual is at least trying to connect. The oddest posts end up on my wall and I simply appreciate that someone is thinking about me. Mind you, I’m probably their only friend who loves the macabre but nevertheless, it’s a nice gesture. Frankly, those who come over to my wall and make snide remarks about retailers displaying their seasonal items “too soon” annoys me. If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. Look away if it’s offensive! Geez.
But this isn’t a post about the attack on Halloween. This is a post about my mother who requests a Christmas list from her children and their partners earlier each year because she needs to get a jump on the holiday shopping. This year, the request came in July. My brother grumbles. My fella worries because he doesn’t know what should go on his list and dear god it’s only the summer. Me… I find it better just to comply. I mean, I have Pinterest and Etsy favorites for a reason, right? This year, Mom asks and I give her a list. I am finally going to upgrade from my first generation Kindle to a new Paperwhite. My old Kindle works just fine (sorta) although even though everyone from my mother to my college students makes fun of me. The honest reason I wanted a new Kindle is because of the covers. My old Kindle had the saddest black cover. Usually black things aren’t sad to me but this was something you’d see on sale at a sad office store. It worked but it wasn’t pretty and I really do like pretty things. When I saw the KleverCase, a device cover that resembled a copy of an old edition of Dracula, I knew I wanted it. In fact, I have wanted it for years but my old Kindle was just too big. Finally, I have one because I turned over my list, my mom order the Kindle and it arrived the very next day. Umm, it was truly Christmas in July. Because it’s an electronic device, there is a 15 day test window to make sure that it wasn’t defective. And, she decided that since I had the device, I needed to keep it safe in the new case. And because she’s my mom, and nutty, she also decided that Albagore could not stay in a box until Christmas because, ya know, he has feelings! So, I have my Christmas presents already.
So take that early Halloween haters! My mom has bypassed Halloween and is on to Christmas!