“What if Christmas, he thought…..”

A couple days ago I sat sprawled across the living room floor, reunited with my 9-year-old sister.

Since I left she progressed from sounding-out-words to reading chapter books.

‘I want to hear you read!’ I demanded of her.

‘OK….which book?’

A pile of holiday books lay on the floor.

No competition. I picked an eternal favorite, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.

It was even better than I remembered (love those rhymes!), and so wise.

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

Happy Holidays!

3 thoughts on ““What if Christmas, he thought…..”

  1. Hey Lily – I remember you as a small child with a penchant for tangling your hands in other kids’ hair. I’m glad to see that you haven’t lost your pluck. I wrote to your mom how stunned I was to see “her” face on a youtube video, only to discover it was you. I’d heard about the computer incident a couple of weeks earlier, but was so surprised to see that the victim (besides the computer itself) was little Lily Sussman who played with my daugther Keren at Middletown LaLeche meetings.

    We lived in Israel for 12 years and I’m now part of a group called Central New Yorkers Working for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel, and on Monday I’m an organizer of a march in solidarity with the victims of Israel’s attacks on Gaza and ongoing blockade.

    Drop a line. I’d love to hear more of your perspective and what has brought you to Egypt.

  2. Lily,

    An interesting Christmas story to tack on to yours above that dovetails all to scarily with the issue of border guards and search and seizures (and possibly detonations). I’m not sure if you caught this in the news, but last week, passengers on a flight landing in Detroit on Christmas had to physically restrain a man, who is allegedly aligned with al-Queda, from detonating explosives to destroy the aircraft.

    Here’s the followup. The Netherlands, is now planning to do full body scans of all passengers heading into the US. TIME Magazine had an article on the scanners. Essentially, its a full body photo of the individual without their clothes on. Of course, the article goes on to discuss the not-so-delicate nature of these scans, noting that both Mr. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and before him Richard Reed (the infamous ‘shoe bomber’) concealed their explosive device. We’re talking private parts here; breasts, genitals, and rectum to avoid detecting such weapons. Not a pretty picture to be sure, but a brief glimpse of the lengths terrorists will go to carry out their attacks.

    What this means is, a nation is now is going through the process of planning out to do visual full-body scans on every man, woman, and child, that flies out of Holland. Think about that for a moment, all that it entails. Then, take another moment, and think about why they are going through this process.

    When you’re done with those two thoughts, take a moment to understand why Israel, which has had not one, but literally thousands of attacks on its citizens over the decades, from every conceivable point, acted as it did when you crossed the border. Remember, Mr. Abdulmutallab too, was a child of privelege, who’s father was a banking executive, who lived abroad, travelled to the UK, and the US, great schools, and decided to go abroad to Yemen and then turn towards a path of violence.

    Just remember, those who are guarding Israel’s borders know full well what the consequences of an error on their part could entail.

  3. What a beautiful rhyme!
    I’ve never read an English book, rarely speak the language.
    But surely if the opportunity arises, my library shall comprise this. (the Grinch book)
    I’m a Korean soldier deployed in Iraq. I followed the links to your post on your mac crisis, and here in your blog I found a little peace of mind.
    Thank you and happy holidays.

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