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Oceans For Emotions: Mind over matter

Dec. 7, 2012 at 6:07 a.m.


"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above."

- James 1:17

I love this time of the year with its spirit of giving. It is just the shopping that gets me.

I forced the adult side of me to surface, as I promised myself that I could go fishing, but I had to finish my Christmas shopping first.

I found that blocking out the brick, glass and the endless Christmas decorations in the mall made it easier, but I couldn't get the music out of my head. It was giving me "Christmasphobia." All I could hear was the ringing of cash registers, and "The 12 Days of Christmas" was being embedded into my brain. Then, I decided to use the words of that song to make out my gift-giving list. It went as follows:

"Twelve days before Christmas I bought to give away: 12 nets for dipping, 11 knives for cleaning, 10 lures for hooking, nine weights for casting, eight gloves for freezing, seven shrimp a swimming, six rods for casting, five golden spoons, four empty stringers, three tackle boxes, two boots for wading and a redfish in a back bay."

Plunging my adult self back into the deep waters of my mind, I raced over the waves of people in the mall, leaving shoppers awash in my wake, and headed for my beach.

After all, one stop at my favorite tackle shack would take care of all my Christmas shopping, and I would be free to be me.

Dear Lord, as we share at this time of the year, help us not neglect to share the greatest gift from above, Your Son.

Buy the book "Oceans for Emotions" by Elaine Wheat, volume III at The Victoria Advocate or by calling The Victoria Advocate to have it mailed to you. The books are $10 each. Keep your soul full and Elaine with live shrimp bait for the year.

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