I got Meri a couple small things that I knew she'd at least say she liked. And there was another clothing item that I wanted to get her, but I have no fashion sense whatsoever. So I took her to the store so she could choose the color of the scarf I wanted to give her. Then I told her to forget she ever saw it - until Christmas. I'm not a very clever shopper.
Her main gift turned into kind of a nightmare. She has this little electic scooter that hasn't run for a couple years and I thought the batteries were toast. My plan was to get new batteries and have it all charged up and ready for her to ride on Christmas. Well, the batteries arrived, got charged and the danged scooter still won't run. So I boxed up the batteries and wrapped 'em nice and just gave her those under the tree with a sob story. So now I'm trying to find the real reason why the scooter won't scoot. Otherwise, I'll make the batteries into ear-rings or something.
I did have one succesful gift-giving experience this year. My great-grandfather was James Dennis Haworth. My brother is also James Dennis Haworth. Great-grandfather played a violin that somehow ended up in my hands over the years. My brother, Jim, recently asked if I knew where it was and it occurred to me that he should be the one to care for this family heirloom. So I sent it up to him for Christmas and he was quite thrilled to have it. And the best thing about it was - it didn't come from a store! (Well, maybe originally it did...?)
Anyway, this whole subject of what to buy people for Christmas has me writing a new song. More to come....