This is one of the best scenes in the novel: Scrooge losing himself in the festivities of his nephew's Christmas party, playing the games, yelling out answers, dancing and singing. It's the comic relief, showing the gaiety and frivolity of the holiday, and demonstrating Scrooge's fun-loving side, which has been trapped inside him for decades. It's also one of the first scenes where Scrooge becomes fully human and empathetic.
I love the scenes with Scrooge's nephew, Fred, and his wife. I love reading about Fred's friends laughing and enjoying themselves. I like the goodwill exhibited by everyone. It's obvious that everyone has true love and affection for Fred and each other.
This evening, I'm meeting up with one of my best friends ("K") who's visiting from Washington state with her two daughters. We're going to go to a playground and then swimming in Lake Superior, weather permitting. K is, literally, one of the best people I know. She's patient, kind, and giving. She has a special needs child, and watching K deal with her daughter's meltdowns and outbursts is pretty amazing. K can connect with a little girl who seems disconnected from the world. That is the miracle of K.
So, I'm really looking forward to being with her and her family. It's going to be a good night, the kind of night Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present would have enjoyed. It's all about selfless and unconditional love. K makes me a better person, teaches me what real friendship is all about, accepts all of my small (and large) imperfections.
I can almost hear K right now: "You don't have imperfections. Not you. You are the most perfect person I know."
That's why Saint Marty loves K so much.
|Love's all about selflessness, until it effects you in some way|