Karen answers a Reformed Scrooge

Comment by Reformed Scrooge on December 7, 2008 12:12 am

Hi Karen,

This is a shitty time of year, don’t you agree? I hate the holidays, the people, the decorations, the false smiles when unnecessary gifts are exchanged and the annoying carols in every frickin store you enter. I bought your book to read something depressing. Yeah, cheerful me! But do you know what? I found myself not so crabby and excepting of all the people and things that annoy me. I am glad you don’t know me cause youd probably think I’m insane but the Christmas story about the damn tie made me cry. No one, I repeat, no one, no book, had ever made me think of anyone other than myself but Switching Time. I switched into a human. Therefore I am. I think?

Well, Merry Christmas to you and your shrink from a reformed scrooge.

Dear Reformed Scrooge,

Wow! I transformed a Scrooge? How nice of you to think so! However, I believe you transformed yourself because you were really nice all along. Maybe you just needed a gentle reminder, and in reading Switching Time, you found it.

I can understand your pessimism about the holidays. It’s a very stressful time for many of us.  I find myself trying my best to stay cheerful despite the many sad thoughts that come my way. I’m glad the part of my story regarding the Christmas tie my alters gave Dr. Baer touched you. It’s one of my favorite memories of the alters and how much they cared for Dr. Baer. To think, if seventeen alters could come together and agree and find joy in this season of giving, after all the horror they’d experienced, then I believe any one can.

Thank you for making a difference and changing your thoughts about the uniqueness we all share as individuals. Some of us may be funny, annoying, or may even apprear to wear a mask during the holidays, however, that is what makes us each special.

Merry Christmas to you! I am glad to hear from you, especially today, on St. Nicholas’ day! This is like a gift to me. I wish you peace and happiness as you find joy, not only in this season, but always.



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