It has become a big joke within my family that I want curtains for Christmas.
"Surely, you can think of something more like you to ask for Christmas," my mother said tonight.
"I could use some new lampshades," was my reply.
My mother sighed softy and smiled at the same time at my alternate choice of gifts. Dad came over later to bring my medications. I had to guess what time he was coming over to be sure to eat a big meal so I could get rid of all those damned pills he forces upon me. It has been a week off of them, and I feel like a new man. I feel my long lost creativity, emotions, and sexuality returning in full force.
"Don't you want some clothes?" Dad asked me, feverishly channel surfing as he normally does every night.
"I could take some comfortable t-shirts," I replied.
"Me and your mother are just worried you are not going to have a good Christmas with just those curtains."
It was intriguing to me that everyone, including my brother and sister, are worried about my choice of gifts this year.
"You always liked electronic gadgets and video games," Dad told me.
"Well, I have my camera and my computer is now fixed," I replied. "I don't really lack for anything electronically these days. I can't play video games anymore. They are too much like work -- full of repetition."
The only thing I really, absolutely need doing is to have my car serviced and the oil changed. Dad agreed he would help me get that done before Christmas. I, personally, am tickled pink about getting new curtains from Country Curtains this year. You know you are grown up when you would rather have curtains than an XBOX 360.