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Random thoughts and musings

December 4, 2009 - Betsy Bethel
Our family Thanksgiving getaway to Hocking Hills was an exercise in herding cats. The one thing we all agreed on: We won't be doing that again. (Hocking Hills was fantastic; 35 people in six small-ish cabins was not.)

As of that trip to the woods, I am officially lunchmeat. As I tried amid the rocks, cliffs and leaf-strewn paths to keep tabs on both my 3-year-old and my mother and aunt, both of whom have had joint replacements this year, I now know firsthand the meaning of The Sandwich Generation.

As Emma's Christmas "wish list" continues to expand — from stuffed bunny to guitar to So Chic Styling Salon — she is now concerned that she might be on Santa's Naughty List. Time will tell if she's concerned enough to clean up her act!

I have noticed that the number of holiday inflatables in a yard is in indirect proportion to the size of the yard.

I believe the number of lines on my face is increasing in direct proportion to how much I fret over them.

Reality television has gone too far when celebrity wannabes crash White House state dinners.

It is especially at this time of year that I miss Goody's and Value City. Who's with me??? In years past, I could go to either one of those places and wipe out about 75 percent of my Christmas shopping list. And the after-holiday sales were the stuff of legend.

Whoever invented the holiday gift bag should receive a Nobel Peace prize. Now that would be one deserved award!

The kindness of strangers never ceases to amaze me and warm my heart. Thank you to all the strangers who have been kind to me on my journey, and I hope I will always remember to pay it forward.

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The December OV Parent magazine is online and has been delivered to schools, preschools, daycares, retail outlets, libraries, etc.! Check out this month's features, columns, contests, crafts, holiday tips and more — plus the Christmas card photo blooper contest winners!


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My mom, Janet Kowalski, me and Emma at Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills State Park, Logan County, Ohio.