Sunday, December 23, 2012

Down to the Wire

Today is Sunday, December 23.  Two days before Christmas and Robert is still working on his Christmas cards.  Ack!  The pressure!  (Oh, who am I kidding? Robert feels no pressure whatsoever since he does not have any concept of deadlines).
I picked up Robert this morning and he is staying with us until Wednesday morning (although, remember, that’s just between us). 
Robert working on the Christmas Cards
Robert had a pile of unopened Christmas cards at New Home which he enthusiastically read once we got back to my house.  I explained who everyone was if he couldn’t place them and he said, “That’s nice” after reading each card.  Being the borderline hoarder that he is, he will no doubt save them forever (I just realized I do the same thing!). 
Robert is feeling better (except still having intense seizures) and I am also feeling better.  No one else in the household has caught the nasty bug going around (knock on wood) so we are getting back into the swing of things.
Which, for this time of year, means working on that never ending pile of Christmas cards. 
Yep.  Robert is still working on them.  Unfortunately, he will not be able to finish them all but it isn’t because he hasn’t tried.
Our conversation this afternoon went like this:
Do you want to work on your Christmas cards, Rob?
How about just signing ‘Love, Robert’ on the cards?
Robert looked straight at me, “Okay, I will.”
Then proceeded to write several, painstakingly slow sentences. 
He wants to send the cards but he also wants to write what he wants to write.  What can I do – I have to pick my battles and, call me crazy, but rushing him on Christmas cards can't be a battle (you know, because of that whole peace on earth and good will toward men thing).
I am resigned to the realization this is probably Robert’s last year sending Christmas cards.  Unless we get started in July.  Hmm, maybe . . .
I apologize if you don’t get a Christmas card from Robert but please don’t think it was because we weren’t thinking of you!  The cards weren’t in any particular order and he just did them as he could. 
So if you didn’t make the cut, don’t take it personally (and know that if we do cards next year, you'll be the first in the pile!).  Robert basically writes the same thing on all his cards, only changing the salutation and signature so please consider this a Christmas card to all of you! 
“Dear Uncle/Cousin/Friend.  I, Robert Wright, want to wish you a very merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  God Bless You.  Love, Your Nephew/Cousin/Friend, Robert Wright”
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

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