Thompson's Tuesday's
Sean Thompson

Posted Dec 5, 2006

Ok, I know I said last week I was going to finish explaining what went on in my head when things appeared to look like I had lost it out on the mound, in the dugout or basically any outbursts that may have occurred, but Christmas is approaching and I would rather spread a little Christmas cheer instead of spreading the illusions that went on in my head.

Don’t worry though...plenty of time to talk about the past later.

As you all know, I just got home a few weeks ago after being away for eleven and a half months. It was nice to see the fam and we all have been going Christmas shopping the last few weekends.

We recently purchased our Christmas tree and it is up and decorated. The smell, as I once described before, fills the house and confuses the dog just the same. Each night as I go to sleep that smell still reminds me of when O was younger.

Lets talk about an embarrassing, selfish, and somewhat undeserving Christmas I had when I was much younger.

Back when I was in middle school, the 6th grade to be exact, that was the time that my brother and I were begging for a gaming system. Forgive me for I don’t really remember which system it was because...well I just don’t remember.

David and I were so ready to get that to play and have something else that kept me from doing homework. Anyway, Christmas came, tons of presents were under the tree...but one, in particular, was being eyed by the both of us. It was in a large rectangular shaped box with wrapping that, at the time, could have been covered in earwax and gravel for all we cared, we were almost certain that it was the gaming system we had begged for.

Now, if you all don’t already know, my parents were amazing at filming pretty much every single moment that had anything to do with their kids. So this entire Christmas, like all the others, was being taped. So, my brother and I were sitting next to the couch, happy and anticipating minutes from now we were going to be killing each other or playing some sort of sport game on our new system.

We brought out that last present that was labeled to the both of us. We began to open it, and the looks on our faces, the comments out of our mouths, and the basic reaction we gave was so pathetic and rude, and selfish, its hard for me to even watch the tape to this day.

That large package that we opened that day was a large board game, which was a sweet awesome game, but definitely not what we had thought.

It was terrible the way we treated our parents for using their hard earned money to buy their children they loved so much a present that any other child would have adored the moment the label was read.

Well, after several minutes of silent tantrums from my brother and I, which I have no idea how my parents felt at that time, my father walks into his bedroom and comes back out with what do ya know, a gaming system with several games.

Wow, did I feel like an ass. They undoubtedly are the best parents two little selfish kids could ever have.

But, listen to this, this is, this is the real kicker.

My six grade football coach knows that my parents film all the games that we play, and he wanted to see the tape from our last game to go over with the entire team.

Ha, well I went to school after the break gave him the tape and went to class. That day, after school I went to football practice, and the entire football team was a little different that day. You know how if you have something on your face that you don’t know about and everyone else does, or you just got your haircut and you think its really good, but people just seem to keep asking about losing some sort of a bet or something, well it was like that all practice.

Finally, at the end of the practice, coach told me that he sat down in one of his classes to view the tape and not only was most of the football team there, there was also a few teachers, and other students there as well. About fifty people, instead of watching the football game, watched me and my brother be total brats on Christmas morning.

Man, I felt so much worse, and not for myself but for my parents. So, my final thought for today is – don’t be an ass to those who you love no matter what the circumstance. In the end, you still have them, and they always know and have plans for you that are filled with love and a great deal of compassion.

As for me, I’m not an ass anymore, and trust me I already know how selfish I was so don’t make a big deal out of it if your going to email me...haha...anyway there are a few more Tuesdays before the big holiday so be safe driving long distances in the weather and I will be back next week...

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