Red Head, Warm Heart – Words for the Holidays from your Fave Wordsmith

This is not my dog…

This week’s entry isn’t about SEO or SEM, social media or how to get your ass in gear for business. It’s about the task I put at the top of my list for each and every day:

Love and tolerance.

See? I even made it red so that it appears FESTIVE! Wahoo!

Whether you’re traveling or staying put, alone with self-love or surrounded by the warmth of family and friends, put love and tolerance at the top of your list this holiday.

Or not. You can be a stick in the mud and continue on the same ol’ jerk ya always are.

For one day:

  • Stop honking at the guy in front  of you at the stop light
  • No sighing at the Starbucks counter when the person in front of you can’t decide which mochafrappalotta thing they want.
  • No rolling the eyes when dad starts to tell the same damn story he tells every year as soon as you start to pass the cranberry sauce.
  • Don’t scream at the kids (even if they’re not yours and they had it coming)
  • Open each gift as if you’ve never received one before.
  • No matter how uncomfortable it feels, tell someone that you love them. To their face, not looking down into  a plate full of those cookies haphazardly frosted by a spastic 6 year-old.

This is the ONLY kumbayah-style post you’ll see from me this year. You’ll have to wait 12 freakin’ months to see another like it. Next week’s post starts back with the tough-love, no-hold-barred, spare-me-the-bullshit talk about marketing through words. Revel in my “softer side of Sears” message today.

I’m headed to Houston to see family and friends, leaving on a jet plane tomorrow out of DIA. (NO, I’m not flying Continental!) It sank in this morning (as it does periodically) that I’ve much to be thankful for as 2008 comes to a close.

A public expression of love to:

Wendie Wilson – my evil twin and friend for life

Melanie Bash – my good twin, heart and soul

Jodi Gersh – my sister in crime, kindred spirit in silly humor

@theclimbergirl (aka Sara) – for being the best “virtual” friend I could hope to find!

@pbeiser (aka Paul) – for kind words, selfless encouragement, and laughter

@moon_fly (aka Kim) – for understanding my footwear, rockin’ that Nicole Miller skirt and being the coolest mom I know

Edward Baird – for making me laugh in every way that’s wrong and telling me my clipping technique sucks

Xavier Wasiak – “bear left…grrrrrr”

John “Snafu” Mueller – for being the best ER room buddy a girl could ever hope to have

Steve “Eggroll” Nguyen – for being one of the best human beings to walk the face of the Earth…and for letting me call him Eggroll

Cheryl Walters – the coolest climber roomie a girl could ask for

Amy & Cindiman – for showing me what love really looks like

Meghan Udell – for you, your spirit and sense of humor so dry that it shattered the “ass crack of Africa”

Rich Pace – for telling me about “the knot in the net” and living it

Laura, Kris, Critter, Cara and Benny – Friends who have endured throughout the years. From silence to animated conversation, we still always find something to talk about.

My Mom – for being my true best friend.

My Tweeps – for reading, responding and sharing

My Readers – for continuing to come back

Happy Kwanzihalloweenieasterfestivmas to everyone. If I didn’t mention you (and you know who you are), thank you as well.

Erika

aka The Redhead

(along with Hippopotamus, Penelope, Peter and Moto)

18 comments
Amy M.
Amy M.

Erika, you're such a doll. You have complimented us deeply and we thank you for recognizing our relationship for what it is. You are like an ember in a fire. . . glowing, waiting, smoldering, then bursting into brilliant flames. Thanks for warming our hearts. Happy Solstice! xoxo And yes, we love your blog!

Amy M.
Amy M.

Erika, you're such a doll. You have complimented us deeply and we thank you for recognizing our relationship for what it is. You are like an ember in a fire. . . glowing, waiting, smoldering, then bursting into brilliant flames. Thanks for warming our hearts. Happy Solstice! xoxo And yes, we love your blog!

moon_fly
moon_fly

Love & tolerance...hmmmm, I could use some o'that today, and everyday. Thanks for always being a great inspiration. I am flattered you called me a "cool mom" since the reality is much more spastic than that. Just you wait, you will be astounded and delighted at the utter chaos motherhood imbues on the unsuspecting souls who ignore the warning labels on their birth control devices. Today's shoe of choice: Birkenstocks! LOL. Love ya.

moon_fly
moon_fly

Love & tolerance...hmmmm, I could use some o'that today, and everyday. Thanks for always being a great inspiration. I am flattered you called me a "cool mom" since the reality is much more spastic than that. Just you wait, you will be astounded and delighted at the utter chaos motherhood imbues on the unsuspecting souls who ignore the warning labels on their birth control devices. Today's shoe of choice: Birkenstocks! LOL. Love ya.

snafu
snafu

merry christmas howdy rojo. thanks for note. i hope all is well. i've been in dayton a week now and only have drinked 2 fifths of dickel whisky. yeah i have slowed a little. i am excited to see family. there will be at least 8 young'uns under age 8 [possibly more] at family gig, and ol' uncle snafu has plenty of kazoos and whoopie cushions to give out. anarchy total anarchy. i hope to be out of hospital recovered quickly after brothers and sister kick my butt, it will be worth it. i am so fortunate to be the "er room buddy". vegas lights do not shine as bright since you left. cheers snafu

snafu
snafu

merry christmas howdy rojo. thanks for note. i hope all is well. i've been in dayton a week now and only have drinked 2 fifths of dickel whisky. yeah i have slowed a little. i am excited to see family. there will be at least 8 young'uns under age 8 [possibly more] at family gig, and ol' uncle snafu has plenty of kazoos and whoopie cushions to give out. anarchy total anarchy. i hope to be out of hospital recovered quickly after brothers and sister kick my butt, it will be worth it. i am so fortunate to be the "er room buddy". vegas lights do not shine as bright since you left. cheers snafu

Melanie
Melanie

You are the bestest friend ever!! I love you lots..Have a great trip! X0 Melanie

Melanie
Melanie

You are the bestest friend ever!! I love you lots..Have a great trip! X0 Melanie

Cara
Cara

Okay, did you let someone hack your blog? Kidding, of course (well, sort of...seriously, prove it's you)! I blew my daughters mind last night when I told her I had known you since we were her age (she's in 1st grade)! Then once I *really* thought about it, it blew my mind too! I'm so glad you've bounced in & out of my life but, wow, are you always there when I need you! You're the best! Can't wait to see you Sunday! Let me know if you want to try out the Bikram Yoga...hugs & kisses

Cara
Cara

Okay, did you let someone hack your blog? Kidding, of course (well, sort of...seriously, prove it's you)! I blew my daughters mind last night when I told her I had known you since we were her age (she's in 1st grade)! Then once I *really* thought about it, it blew my mind too! I'm so glad you've bounced in & out of my life but, wow, are you always there when I need you! You're the best! Can't wait to see you Sunday! Let me know if you want to try out the Bikram Yoga...hugs & kisses

jodi
jodi

awwwwwwwwwww, too kind. and I don't know what crimes you speak of. if we aren't caught, then there has been no crime. very nice mushy post. are you sure you wrote it? ;) miss you, love you. have a wonderful time in TX. -j

jodi
jodi

awwwwwwwwwww, too kind. and I don't know what crimes you speak of. if we aren't caught, then there has been no crime. very nice mushy post. are you sure you wrote it? ;) miss you, love you. have a wonderful time in TX. -j

Luigi (loumacuser)
Luigi (loumacuser)

Dear Red Head (Erika) my second visit to your site. Enjoyed it. I loved what you said about Love & Tolerance. May your trip and holiday be joyous and love filled

Luigi (loumacuser)
Luigi (loumacuser)

Dear Red Head (Erika) my second visit to your site. Enjoyed it. I loved what you said about Love & Tolerance. May your trip and holiday be joyous and love filled

Sara, aka @theclimbergirl
Sara, aka @theclimbergirl

Oh, honey... that is so sweet! The feeling is mutual, my dear. Someday, we're going to have to make it Redheads in Real Life... Ourey isn't looking promising for my work schedule, but June is still on for my CO trip. Oooh. I just got butterflies in my stomach just *thinking* about it! Smooches to you, Hippo, Penelope, Peter and Moto and safe travels to Houston! Talk to you soon! love, Sara.

Sara, aka @theclimbergirl
Sara, aka @theclimbergirl

Oh, honey... that is so sweet! The feeling is mutual, my dear. Someday, we're going to have to make it Redheads in Real Life... Ourey isn't looking promising for my work schedule, but June is still on for my CO trip. Oooh. I just got butterflies in my stomach just *thinking* about it! Smooches to you, Hippo, Penelope, Peter and Moto and safe travels to Houston! Talk to you soon! love, Sara.

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