Article: The Red Pitcher: Read This Over the Holidays

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By Sharon Brown on December 25, 2010

It's Christmas and I am spending it alone.

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Feb 1, 2011 12:06 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
I responded to this story Christmas evening, but I was so sad thru the tears, I deleted it. Sad because I hated for you to be alone, maybe feeling a little guilty that I had my family with me, and perhaps placing myself in your place and thinking about the future. It was beautifully written and filled me with emotions I didn't want to deal with at the time. I reread it a few nights later and had a completely different perspective on it. Still made me a little sad, nostalgic for my own Christmases past, tho.
Feb 1, 2011 7:14 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I had to have a purpose that night, so writing the article became my purpose. Sometimes we just have to look for something...anything....that will make us smile.

But you know what? I was not sad that night, nor was I sad Christmas Day. It was as if I'd written my worries down, had found an answer that was acceptable, and so I could move on. It's hard to explain times like that. Writing about it was what I needed to do.

So don't be sad. I can usually make lemonade when life gets too sour.
So can you, I think.
Dec 24, 2011 10:21 AM CST
Name: barb allison
Fate, Texas zone 8a
Big Grin 24 hrs. can sure make the world look different. this was a good story in many ways but one reason stuck out more and that is that it shows just how quick mental changes can take place. esp. when you reach out to someone. sharon you have the best friends. you do. and now because of you i got me some pretty good friends too. yesterday i might as well have just been thrown out with the trash but today ................well it all looks pretty different today. thank you. Group hug
Dec 24, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Name: Sharon

I am very fortunate. I do have the best friends. But the thing is, I count you as one of them.
Merry Christmas!! Lovey dubby
Dec 24, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Name: barb allison
Fate, Texas zone 8a
well at least you got a whole lot of others on that list otherwise i'd have to feel pity for you. lol

sharon you have what is called on american idol as RELEVANCY. me i am stuck in the 50's and the 60's and the 70's. you not only didn't stay THERE but you seem to be able to look at modern day s&%t and find a perspective that doesnt easily come to me. all i see is s&%t. you see happiness and strength and most importantly a way out. it may not be easy for you but you sure make it look that way.
Dec 24, 2011 11:58 AM CST
Name: Sharon
It's called 'making do', Barb.

I make do with what I've been handed, with what I've been given. And it isn't easy, but when I do look back I try to see where I've really been and what I did that matters; not so much for me but how it might have affected others.

And see, I never really cared too much about what others thought, as long as I felt I was doing the right thing. It's when you feel OK about yourself that you begin to see what really goes on around you and how to best react to that. It's you that's important. It's you who matters.

Here, read this:
And if you already read it, then read it again and read between the lines.
It's you who really matters. We each have a responsibility to ourselves to look at things and see what matters to us.

Love to you, Barb. I hope you have a beautiful Christmas.

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