Wednesday, December 19, 2012

'12/#52 Happy Holidays From The Road

Shall we peek ahead to what's coming or not? Why Not? Thanksgiving has passed and marked the official beginning of "Peak" which is short for Peak season at Amazon. The month leading up to Christmas is almost gone and there is only 5 days until Christmas when we get together with family and friends to celebrate, until we get to eat another holiday meal, and until all the presents get opened. And I am sure there will be presents. Big ones and small ones, expected ones and surprizes, and of course the needed ones. You all know the traditional underware and socks that are gift wrapped and placed under the tree with the finest jewelry and most expensive electronics. It's tradition in my family and I know if it wasn't there it wouldn't be Christmas.

All of these Christmas presents come from somewhere, right? Well for those of you who believe in Santa Claus and flying reindeer and presents down the chimney now may be a good time to stop reading. I believe in Santa in my own way. I belive he works in mysterious ways through every one of us to make Christmas a happy time of year. Moms and Dads, Grandmoms and Granddads, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends are all Santa's helpers. So are the people who make the gifts. Not necessarily elves at the North Pole. People in shops and factories are also Santa's helpers. And what about getting all those presents to every child, old and young, around the world. Well I don't know about flying reindeer but I do see Santas helpers wearing the uniforms of the Post Office, UPS, FedEx, and others. I am not a nonbeliever, I just see it differently.

Included in that portal between Santa and every Christmas Tree are all the shops that make the gifts available in time for that glorious morning when sleepy eyes glitter, wrapping paper piles to the ceiling, and children and adults alike squeal with delite at the gifts Santa has brought. There are stores like Walmart, Target, K-Mart, and Toys-R-Us. And then there is Amazon and other on line stores This is not an advertisement, just an up close observation. Santa's helpers are here in force. Actually, Camper Force. That is what the work campers at Amazon are called. We come here for the shopping season to try to make sure that every Christmas wish is granted. I have picked toys and dolls and trains and puzzles. There are books and video games and DVDs by the truckload. We see computers and e-readers, radios and headsets and anything else that might be on that list for Santa. And our goal is to make sure everything is under the tree by Christmas morning.

The job is a little bit boring and the days are long but in the back of our minds we know that we are helping Santa. It is a little extra reward on top of our monetary compensation for being here through the Christmas rush or Peak. Some of us will get back to our families in time for Christmas morning and others will celebrate later when we do get there. But when all is said and done it is Christmas and nothing more needs to be said.

We just got a bit of a Christmas present from Amazon. Our release date has been moved up 1 1/2 days so we can get on the road sooner. I keep telling everyone I am not going to stop driving until the temperature reches 70 degrees. The rig will be readied in the next few days so we will be busy. This may be the last blog before we leave Campbellsville. So this is an early Merry Christmas to everyone from our home in Kentucky because........

Home is where we park it,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Frank & Mary

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