Yet there is one present we Garey girls receive each and every day. They come to us from the cats who know no season, no official holiday. It’s here every time they nestle at our sides, humming gentle tunes of soothing love or uncomplicated contentment. We feel it when they march in place on our laps, nibble on our noses, nuzzle our ears or turn Olympic tumbles in search of tummy-tickles. It streams from those bottomless eyes that gaze into our hearts with simple, undemanding love. No wrapping paper or ribbon, gilt or glitter can make more beautiful their packaging. They ask for little, yet give so much, and all without batteries. They live; they love; they listen to our woes, softly daub away our tears with tiny paws and remain steadfast friends through good times and bad; they laugh at us and with us. They make us a family.
In all honesty, we Gareys don’t know how to be politically-correct in wishing you a wonderful holiday season. A couple of years ago, Amanda came up with “Happy NewRamaChanaKwanzaaMasTice” to cover just about everybody’s religious, cultural, spiritual or social belief. Even earlier, eccentric and wonderful Cosmo Kramer and Jerry’s dad of Seinfeld fame suggested “Festivus for the Rest of Us.” Or maybe we should follow my beloved Neil Diamond’s sentiment in saying that we “Wish you a Very Merry Cherry Cherry Holly Holy Rock’n'Rolly Christmas this year – and Happy Hanukah, Y’all!” If you can devise an appropriate phrase, we strongly encourage you to contribute it in the commentary section following this article.
Since the absolutely perfect words elude us right now, please accept our warmest, heartfelt wishes that you find joy, love, peace, personal, spiritual and social fulfillment now and always. Please know that come whatever date you observe the festival of your heart, the Garey Gang will be with you in spirit. Light a little candle, say a small prayer, slip a dollar into the bucket of a bell-ringing stranger, shake the hand of someone you don’t know, spare a scrap or two of turkey or ham or gefilte fish for a hungry kitten or pup or person. Just do ONE, tiny act of kindness this month and share a little bit of the goodness I believe strengthens each and every one of our hearts. For one split second, think about the universal, non-denominational wish for Peace on Earth; good will for all…
And If nothing else, tuck away the credit cards, stick a bow on the head of a kitten and smile for just one instant. Let that vision be our gift of love to each and every one of you.