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    Default Cinco! Upon a Time Writing Contest

    Consent: I don't have a lot of twollars to give away, but what's mine will be yours if you participate.

    Consent:  We are all a little stir crazy, some too busy, some not.  Do what you can; you'll get no guilt from me.  Nuh uh!


    I told you we were going deep for Cinco...  so here's your question.  If you participated in Once! Upon a Time, then reread your letter to me and tell me how you've done with your wishes for fall and winter.  Have you achieved what you had hoped, etc?

    If you didn't participate in Once! and would like to participate this time, or if the first question is too much, then just write me a letter as if I'm Santa.  What do you want from me?  

    Warmly   ,
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    Well, I didn't participate in Once, but this one is easy:
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    Dear Santa:

    How are you? Fine I hope. I don't want anything for me. Heck if I wanted something I'd just buy it anyways. So here's what I really want:

    I want people to stop killing each other in the name of God.

    That's it, not too hard. Oh, I guess while you're at it, how about people stop killing each other cause they want something their neighbors have, or other countries have, or because they have a different culture or speech or whatever?

    I only get one? Ok, go back to the first request.

    that's it.

    Have a happy holiday season.
    Love Wilhouse

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    Dear Mrs. Claus,

    I am not asking for anything for me...but could you maybe give some ease to flood victims unable to afford much this year? I would feel so happy knowing that you could help them...thank you...

    Merry Christmas!

    Cookies and Milk await!

    Love,


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    Excellent start... I am so appreciative of these thoughtful posts.

    Greatly looking forward to reading more from you all -

    Carol

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    Dear Santa;
    Please help people spell things right and use punctuation correctly.
    That's my selfish wish for this Christmas.

    My other wish is for you to bring mental health to my best friend. She struggles, Santa Claus--she has come so far, but she really has a hard time with some things. Some days she is trapped in her OCD. Some days she's so depressed she can't see there is a way out. I wish I could help her, but I learned a long time ago that she needs more help than I have the ability to give--and I can't fix the broken brain cells at all. If I could give her some of my "I don't care what people think I just have to be able to live with myself" attitude, I would, but I can't.

    She's such a good person, Santa. Inside, where it counts. And she's too young to struggle so with life. I'm a lot older, and I know that it's really all good--but she just can't see it sometimes, and it hurts to know how much that keeps her from being the brilliant beautiful person she really is under all that neural misfiring.

    So please, if you have any left from dealing with the rest of us, give her some extra mental health. Make a few really good days for her--where she doesn't have money problems, or struggle with panic attacks, or have to alphabetize her spices or not put up her Christmas decorations because they can't be perfect; and let someone tell her she's beautiful and brilliant, and let her believe it. Give her some normal, Santa. Let her know the sun is shining out there, even though she can't see it. Let her know it's always daylight on at least half the earth. And wrap it nicely, and put it under the tree she should have in her living room.

    You don't have to tell her who it's from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moscow in August
    Dear Carol-

    I read the other day in a letter from my uncle that the family curse is that of not being able to pick up a pen and write a letter. I guess keeping in touch has always been difficult for my family.

    That said, I just moved a thousand miles away from the family I grew up with, and a thousand miles closer to my mom's family. So it becomes a challenge for me to both keep the lines of communication open back home and reestablish connections. I hope that I can do both.

    On Monday, I realized that I've spent the last month afraid. Of what? Everything, I suppose. I've been afraid that I'll hate my job, that I won't make any friends, that I'll regret my apartment choice. I've been afraid of my boss, of the commute, of making a mistake, of not being up to snuff. What I really hope for this fall is that I can stop being afraid, that I will love my job, find friends, and get to the point where I define my fear and my fear doesn't define me.

    I hope that I love the autumn leaves in Michigan. I hope I find my pictures from Central Park. I hope I get a sofa. I hope I fall in love. It's been awhile, but if I remember right, it's a mostly pleasant experience.

    ...

    I owe you a PM, so watch your inbox too.

    Cheers-
    Brady
    Dear Carol-
    It's been a while since we've talked. I think we've both been busy. Since August, I've been to New York twice and Salt Lake City once, as well as almost everywhere between Detroit and Ann Arbor.

    Since August, I've connected with my family, both close by and distant. I got to hold my new baby nephew before my kid sisters (Take that!), and my niece told me how to put myself out if I caught fire. (Repeat, at the top of your voice, "Stop! Drop! Roll!" It works like a charm, I'm told.) I also spent three days at Thanksgiving with my maternal grandparents, who I haven't really seen very often. I also got a call from one of my cousins the other day, just to see what I was up to. She lives in Michigan too, but way over on the other side of the mitten.

    I haven't been afraid. I still stutter occasionally (I really wish I knew when that started, because I didn't in High Schoool), and I usually jump in further than I can pull myself out of, but I like what I'm doing with my life. Ok, maybe I lied a little. One time, I went night caching by myself, and I kind of freaked myself out a little bit then, but for the most part, no fear.

    I like my job, even though auditors are tolerated more than enjoyed. I've found friends. I'm still in that stage where I'm trying people out to see if their interests match with mine, but people know who I am, and I know who they are, and that's a great feeling. I even like my apartment, although I wish the furnace was more consistent. (Sometimes, I think it ignores the thermostat and just keeps going, or not going as the case may be.)

    I loved the autumn leaves, and was amazed at how long they lasted. I didn't get many good photos, which is a shame, but there's always next year. I found my Central Park pictures, and now I have to get them framed. I got a sofa, and a loveseat. Sometimes when my bed is uncomfortable, the sofa works out great.

    I didn't fall in love, but I also didn't really make too much of an effort, and like Jerry Springer taught me, "It takes two to tango." I suppose there's always spring...

    I think the biggest thing I've learned is that usually, there is help out there if you look for it. I found out this fall that I was suffering from mild depression, and by reaching out for help, I got what I needed. There's no need to go it alone.

    I have also learned the beauty of living alone, and living life for me. That may have been one of the hardest lessons for me, but it's a valuable one.

    I also now know more about how my company reconciles accounts than I ever wanted to know. One of the hazards of the job I suppose!

    Hoping all is well with you and yours for the holidays-
    Cheers!

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    Hello again, C –

    I was dusting off some old memories and came across some correspondence from the summer. What a difference a few months makes! Only 120 days or so, but it seems like a lifetime has passed – extreme ups and downs, sideways and stalls. In the end, it all added up to an incredibly enriching time.

    If you’ll remember, my main goal was to “de-clutter my life” so that I could “focus on being able to write more”. At the time, I thought that I needed a clean slate of life so I wouldn’t get distracted. One piece of your advice to me? “Sometimes the journey is the way to fulfillment.” Being wrapped up in my own world and my own problems at the time, I probably discounted what you told me then. But I can certainly appreciate it now.

    When I wrote about my goal in August, I had completely forgotten that November was national novel writing month. Here it was - a chance to fulfill my goal and an excuse to ignore the rest of the world for a month, all wrapped up with a bow like an early Christmas present. Distractions and clutter? Say bye-bye! Instead, something else happened.

    I didn’t ignore the rest of the world, but focused on the important things instead. Family and friends, work and writing – they all seemed to take on the same high level of priority. All of them orbiting around me like moons (because it is about me, after all ). The unimportant things fell to the side. The major accomplishment was realizing that I didn’t need to have a single-minded focus to accomplish my goal. Hmmmph – seems like I should have learned that in the last 41 years, or at least remembered it. The family didn’t hate me, friendships grew, I impressed the boss during a critical time (the time when bonuses are calculated, that is!) and I wrote. The minor accomplishment in all of this was actually completing a novel during November – 104 pages and 63,000 words of utter crap. But it’s all mine!

    So that’s my life right now. Look up at the sky, that cirrus formation to the left? I’m still up there on cloud 9 and coming up with ways to continue the feeling. Another piece of advice you gave me? “Don’t discard the beauty of the journey.” Acknowledged and understood, C.

    Looking forward to the time when I can give you some good advice.

    All the best - stu

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    Spidey,

    I reread my letter, and here is my update:

    At work, icebergs to the port side and more to the starboard. Carefully turning the wheel here. Thankfully there's a vacation in sight, so I'm working hard until then. Not looking forward to returning to the icy waters.

    As for my guiding my daughter so that she grows to be self-confident and assured, well that's a long term goal. However, we enjoyed the fall, and I enjoyed the time spent with her. She's constantly growing older and 'wiser', so I'm constantly adjusting. Thankfully, she's still Papa's little girl.

    My best wishes during Once! went out to Paul. I still hope he's doing well, and I still enjoy reading his posts. As one who tries to be creative, I can appreciate his seeming effortlessness.

    - MP

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    I love your Santa letter, CK. I cracked up at the spelling and punctuation wish. My favorite part of your letter, though, is "Give her some normal, Santa." I've had some exposure to OCD, and like most other things, the person in question was as equally gifted as 'handicapped.' Age and time helped my friend the most; the situation seemed to relax as she discovered alternate ways to living. More exposure to different ways of thinking, less stress and pressure - it all helped. I hope your friend is equally blessed, and I hope she gets her tree. It's a lovely letter; thanks for sharing your wishes with us.

    Carol

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    Brady;

    Your letters affect me more than anybody else's, probably because you allow yourself to say the things that are difficult for most everybody. You and I are a lot alike, I think, even down to the mental list of expectations. We are both very hard on ourselves, and I'd guess that you overachieve for the same reasons I do. It's a hard won lesson of mine to just be okay at something - you don't have to be the best, smartest, fastest, etc at all things. In fact, I've found that people tend to respond to me more when I don't try so hard to be tops. You seem to be working your way through that.

    Friend, don't let Jerry Springer teach you about love. Don't spend your nightlife on that sofa, either. Love takes time and effort, and in the same way you honored yourself by getting help for mild depression, you'll make the effort when you feel it's right. You're worth it, so it'll happen. Living alone and living for yourself are the first steps, see? I really wish you could see you as I see you! It will always be my wish.

    The family is due for some fun; I'm hoping we kick the flu by Christmas so that our holiday is another special one. It's been a rough December! Thanks for your good wishes.

    Don't be a stranger -

    Love ya;
    Carol

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