Here it is the day after Christmas and I am thinking, good it is over. I can be glad in that. I am not fond of Christmas any more. I have many happy memories of past years but time has changed many things associated with those happy memories so I no longer like the season. I won't get into all of that. I know I am not alone with my feelings about the season. But today I woke up and had happy thoughts that it is over, I am glad, and I don't have to deal with it all for another year.
That made me think of many times that I was accused of being a "Pollyanna". For those of you too young to remember that Disney movie staring Haley Mills, a theme in the movie was the 'glad game' finding things to be glad about in a difficult situation. Also the movie ended up with a phrase that she was looking for the good in people and found it. When people at work would accuse me of that attitude, I would tell them "OK, I can think of lots worse things to be accused of.". Much of that attitude in me has hardened over the years. Being a Pollyanna resulted in quite a few times where I really ended up with a 'knife in my back' due to what I was told was naïve attitude about people. Ok, I'll take it. I have learned to be more cautious and that is sad in a way but it was a life lesson I guess I needed to learn.
I spent most of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day binging on Downton Abby. It isn't a Pollyanna series, there is a lot of sorrow in it. But they seem to come thru and get on with life in high fashion and the series always makes me smile in the end, maybe thru a few tears. And then there is the jewelry to look at! What more can you ask for. So I beaded and watched. What better could I do (besides, shudder, clean) than watch that program and hide in my bead holes. It was quite nice in Florida, so I was on my porch with my cats enjoying squirrels running around on the deck. It was good.
I still have a bit of Pollyanna in me and I'm GLAD of her in me. I like to look at things and find something to be glad about. That has not been easy in this election year. It seems the world is so filled with hate, prejudice, and so many other negative emotions. I don't expect it to improve either.
So I look forward to a year of beading with friends, teaching my passion for beading, sharing with others who love to bead. I am quite glad I can bead and share that passion. Yes, I hide from the world of negatives. I prefer my beading to the reality of our world full of so much poison. I will bead to be. Pass me my rose colored glasses.