We had some errands to run today. We had lunch with our local children and planned out our holiday activities. It's a bit different this year as some of the family is unhappy with us. We weren't invited to Mark's family celebration for the first time ever... I've been going since 1981.
I can live with that, in fact, I'm somewhat relieved. We didn't really want to spend time watching our step father/father in law act like a jackass.
The weird thing today is the guy I heard. Sometimes, I hear people talking in my head. Some folks are very loud broadcasters, especially if they are upset for any reason. Mark ran in to a convenience store while I sat in the car. I could hear him mulling it over in his head if I would be an easy mark. I talked back in my head and said "Dude, it's Christmas, don't be hating." I zoned out for a minute. I think I plead for kindness.
Mark came around the corner of the store and didn't look happy. He loaded up his purchases and said "did you see that guy?" I looked up and the guy was leaning against the side of the store smoking a cigarette. I said that I didn't see him. Mark was upset and said, "he was standing by our car right behind your door." He moved over there when he saw me coming.
I looked at the guy. He was still broadcasting very loud. I looked him eye to eye and thought "Dude, it's Christmas, make the best of it."