Because we all need our marbles…
I enjoy giving goofball presents to people who appreciate my sense of humor and understand the spirit behind the gift. Gag gifts between me and Reed at Christmas happen from time to time, although it is not an annual occurrence. He started it when we were kids and he bought me a Chia Pet. Over the ensuing years various crazy presents have passed between us, such as monkey dishes (I gave him a set the year after he presented me with a monkey lamp), bright pink slip-on sandals from him that decorated my office wall back when I had an office, and an extremely ugly “giggle jug” lamp that I gave him which had a goofy smiling face on one side and a frowny, but hilarious, face on the other. My crowning goofball gift to him happened the Christmas I was able to obtain a beauty school head that a friend’s sister-in-law had worked with as she completed her training to be a hairstylist. Score! It was by far the goofiest gift I have ever given to Reed, or to anybody for that matter. One Christmas, Reed overwhelmed me with 4 additions to my ugly necktie collection! I actually wear my outrageous ties now and then, so this gift was priceless.
I have been working on an idea for a comfort/sanity/happiness kit to give to friends and family who need one or all of those things, especially in times of sadness or stress. It would contain things like bubble wrap for stress relief (who doesn’t LOVE to pop bubble wrap?! Again, when I had an office, I kept bubble wrap in it to work off my frustration); A Slinky, for the soothing sound it makes as it passes from one hand to the other; and some jingle bells for those moments when a little music is needed.
And definitely some marbles. Who among us doesn’t occasionally feel like we have lost our marbles? The gift of marbles assures the recipient that, no, you haven’t lost your marbles, because right here they are!
The comfort/sanity/happiness kit might contain other items like bubble bath or a scented candle, a mix CD of music tailored for the recipient (a few people still actually use CDs, I think!), a book the recipient might like, a special snapshot, a recipe, or a jar of bubble-stuff to blow bubbles at the world. It’s a lot better to spread bubbles than profanity (although, I’ve been known to spread both!). The only limit to the kit is one’s imagination and the desires/tastes/needs of the person who will receive it.
What would be in YOUR comfort/sanity/happiness kit?
The contents of mine would vary day by day…but I would always want, and need…