December 1, 2006

Every time a bell rings...

It really is a wonderful life.

Last night I journeyed through cyberspace doing a little reconnaissance work for Santa. He’d asked if I could help determine who’s been naughty and who’s been nice this year. As I traveled from blog top to blog top, I couldn’t help but notice how so many of my friends seem to be going through some trying times right now.

Some of the people I visited seemed to be suffering from the burden of old wounds while others were sagging beneath the weight of daily pressures. Now and again it was a loneliness that cried out and echoed in the Ethernet. It was a melancholy night and my heart ached when I returned to Santa. When I told him of my evening’s journey his eyes twinkled but it was not because he smiled.

“I think it is time to put up the tree.” I said.

“Perhaps you are right.” He sighed.

As I worked on the tree I tried to think of presents I could give that would cheer up my friends, return smiles to their faces and put a carol in their hearts. Alas, I am a poor man and I just couldn’t think of anything to buy that I could share with everyone. By the time I'd finished putting up the lights and hanging the last ornament I was crestfallen.

“Don’t look so forlorn, Dirk_Star.” Santa said with a smile, “I’ve given this some thought and I think I‘ve an idea.” As we stood beneath the stars, bathed in the soft glow of Christmas lights, he explained his simple plan and how it could work in just one single night.

His plan was pure genius and the idea so bright that my spirits were buoyed and my heart filled with light. He laughed and I cried then I ran to his sled and prepared to take flight.

There is so much to be done.

This season is long and there are twenty four more days to go until Christmas. There’s shopping to do and I know it’s no fun. There’s cleaning and baking and no time to get it done. The kids are no help and dad is all thumbs. It comes down to the angels to make sure all is done.

Now, all of you angels, and you know who you are, be you male or female or somewhere in between. Santa knows that you're tired and your burdens are hard. He knows some are lonely and heavy of heart. But Santa really needs us, we've an important job to do because everyone needs an angel and that angel just might be you.

We saw you struggling and toiling so hard we thought wings could help you so here's what we'll do. It's been said that every time a bell rings an angel gets its it wings. Well, I'm going to start ringing, all day and all night and I 'm not gonna stop until the holidays are over and wings are completly out of stock.

God bless the angels,
each and every one of you.

I envy everyone with children this year. You see, it won't be until next Christmas that my wife and I will share this joyful season with our new child.

I can't wait to be her angel...

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Anonymous Whimsicalnbrainpan said...

That is so sweet of you Dirk. Say hi to Santa for me. BTW, you are going to make a great dad. I have a feeling there will be a new angel here on earth getting spoiled rotten this time next year.

December 01, 2006 2:49 AM  
Blogger Mone said...

What a sweet post. Thank you.

I heard the ringring :)

December 01, 2006 3:23 AM  
Blogger Manny said...

Ahh, how sweet. Congrats to you and your wife.

I don't have any children, but Christmas is still my favorite.

December 01, 2006 4:44 AM  
Blogger DNR said...

I heard a bell ringing and came here. Truly an angle will be with you soon. Cherish the miricle you are witness to now.

God bless, all three of you.

BTW - I really do want your opinion.

December 01, 2006 6:28 AM  
Blogger Meander said...

oh that was beautiful! thank you for this post! i think we are all in need of some christmas cheer.

December 01, 2006 7:55 AM  
Blogger Asara Dragoness said...

Awww!! how sweet!! :) This is my first Christmas with my daughter, she was born last January. My son was born in October of 2003, so he's an old hat at this Christmas thing now. Next year will probably be nerve-wracking, but I have advice for you. Don't let your mother-in-law give your kid their own mashed potatoes. Trust me. You don't want to see the end result. Oh and yes, you put your answers to the MeMe on your blog, then make sure you let the people you want to tag know that they've got work to do!! :)

December 01, 2006 7:59 AM  
Blogger The Wizened Wizard said...

To paraphrase Phil Ochs:

What's that I hear now ringing in my ear,
I've heard that sound before;
What's that I hear now ringing in my ear,
I hear it more and more.
It's the sound of love ringing,
Winging up to the sky
It's the sound of angels singing,
You can hear it if you try,
You can hear it if you try.

December 01, 2006 8:16 AM  
Blogger eddie said...

good one boss put a smile on my face...

December 01, 2006 8:16 AM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

And that must be the best gift of all! Your own child! God bless you and I hope that your holidays are wonderful this year- and even more special next year!

December 01, 2006 8:49 AM  
Blogger Cinderella said...

That was a joy to read...and congrats to you and your wife...Thanks for ringing my bell!!! =)

December 01, 2006 9:02 AM  
Blogger Lunasi said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you for putting such good energy out into the world. I for one needed to read just such a positive, encouraging, and uplifting thought. Thanks for sharing-- it's how we change the world into what we want it to be. :)

December 01, 2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

What a wonderful post. It even touched me and I'm practically untouchable.

December 01, 2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger skeet said...

I was sleeping peacefulyy when I heard a tiny bell ring. Tried to recapture my dreams, but it rang again, just the sweetest little tinkling sound, but full of great urgency, calling me to get up and greet the day. It called me here, where I discovered that it is the sound of joy.

Congrats to you and your wife. So many wonderful things are coming your way.

December 01, 2006 11:32 AM  
Blogger Dani said...

Nice Post! Yes, Christmas is a lot more fun with little ones bouncing around, lighting up the room with their sweet, excited joyful spirits. Kids are so easy to please!

We have three girls and hope to have several more children - You have lots to look forwards to.

Congratulations to you and your wife on a new baby blessing.

P.S. Note to your wife - when she is 8 months along or so, she should get a bare belly side profile picture taken of herself. Being pregnant is such an awesome experience and it should always be remembered. I know my husband loves the photo of me carrying our child.

December 01, 2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger Zen Wizard said...

I don't think that a Aryan Nations alcoholic who lives in an isolated Identity Christian Survivalist Compound on the North Pole, surrounded by midget subservient indentured servants is in any position to judge me.

But I would like some crystal meth in my stocking, which is what I suspect they are cookin' the other 364 days of the year, to fund this egotistical Love Fest on December 24th.

December 01, 2006 11:41 AM  
Blogger Pepper said...

What a beautiful post.

Every year I would ring bells for the Salvation Army. I would ring them loud and clear. Sometimes I would break into song. People would stop and say "if I put five dollars in the bucket will you please stop." I always made a killing. I will ring a bell for you this Christmas, even though I won't be volunteering. Just think this time next year you will have an elf of your own. Say hi to Santa.

December 01, 2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger Tanie said...

A big congratulations to you and your wife. No matter how fabulous this Christmas will be, next year will be even better.
Me, I'm about to experience another 'first' Christmas, Christmas with my beloved grandson. I return to the UK just in time for the festive celebration. To see his little face will be all I need to make my journey complete.
Thank you Santa.........

December 01, 2006 12:00 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Nice post dude ... even though you look like Zappa. ;)

December 01, 2006 12:15 PM  
Blogger Dirk_Star said...

HINT: Aren't there usually goodies under a Christmas tree?

December 01, 2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger Life, or Something Like It said...

There's nothing better than Christmas with little kids....

December 01, 2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

Dirk, may I just say, your posts make me smile! My autumn decorations are going back in the box today, and my Christmas decorations (or, some of them, anyway) are getting put out & up. Thanks for the inspiration! (Although I DID already hang up my DD's chocolate advent calendar. Those are fun, I strongly recommend having one every year starting when the little one is 3 or 4. Well, not so much the chocolate part -though that's great too- but the advent countdown part.)

As for the wee babe yet to be born, enjoy these last months with your wife, talk to the babe, make plans, but don't forget that your life will never again be just the two of you, so make the most of the last few months of being alone with your wife. It's important. Not that children aren't, if they're what you want, but you & your wife are what makes that child possible. Cherish that.

December 01, 2006 1:16 PM  
Blogger melanie said...

sweet! you are going to be a papa!? that is the best gift I have ever given myself. Be prepared for you heart to be even bigger.

Thanks for sharing your heart with me. I hope your holidays are rewarding in every sense.

As auntie mame always says, life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! not you dirk... not you. :hug:

December 01, 2006 1:19 PM  
Blogger purplestew said...

I'm kinda speechless right now...thanks. This was much needed and much appreciated. And congrats to you and your wife. Christmas is totally amazing with kids around.

Thanks again DS! YOu really made my day.


December 01, 2006 1:26 PM  
Blogger Lydia Cornell said...

What an angel you are dirk. What a delightful surprise to read your ring-a-ling!

Thank you! We need more bells. I LOVE and adore my children (2 boys) and am thrilled to hear you're having your first.

I just heard today of a woman who adopted over 7 children, all different colors, many handicapped. She has a "rainbow" family. Will post a blog about her. Today is the anniverary of my brother's death, but I hear him ringing a bell.

Luv xo

December 01, 2006 1:46 PM  
Blogger Meander said...

were you ring-a-linging for us to come over? now i get it!

December 01, 2006 2:48 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Who the hell are you? (In a nice, friendly way, of course.)

December 01, 2006 3:01 PM  
Blogger Poodlekiss said...

When the Dirk Star rings the poodles come see whats going on.

December 01, 2006 3:24 PM  
Blogger Cinderella said...

Wait are you telling us that you are adopting a child and he or she will be with you for Christmas?


December 01, 2006 3:29 PM  
Blogger Cinderella said...

LOL, That's what I meant to say...

Ok, I understand now, thanks for clearing that up!

December 01, 2006 3:33 PM  
Blogger FindingHeart said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog top. As a single dad with THE two perfect kids in the world, there is NOTHING comparable to their excitement and joy right before they run to the tree. ...hold your breath through their dissapointment in gift inventory, but then the glee returns when they spend hours just playing with the boxes the gifts came in. Ah, *sniff*, what joy.

Oh, and call back to prior post, I have totally differnt experiences bra shopping with ex and previous 'friends'. I likes! Ha!

December 01, 2006 3:56 PM  
Blogger ticharu said...

OK, I'm here... now what? As my friend Pearl is so fond of saying! :)

December 01, 2006 5:06 PM  
Blogger Em said...

All three of my kids are older, but that does not diminish the fun! It will be a great moment for you next Dec 25!

December 01, 2006 5:28 PM  
Blogger Arcturus said...

I think I'm gonna cry ... and congratulations, too!

December 01, 2006 5:40 PM  
Blogger Crunchy Carpets said...

Awww..that was beautiful and totally put me in the Christmas spirit!

You are one cool guy!

December 01, 2006 6:58 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Awww, and just when I was begining to think there wasn't a Santa Claus! (Though I always imagained him wearing a different sort of hat!)

I can smell the cookies baking from here, buddy...

December 01, 2006 7:35 PM  
Blogger Zee said...

Hah, that was superb! I have some bells somewhere - might as well use them.

December 01, 2006 9:16 PM  
Blogger Heidi the Hick said...


Happy December!

December 01, 2006 10:21 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Nice story, there needs to be more bells and less yells.

December 01, 2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger Paul F. said...

....soon it will be Christmas time....thanks Dirk_Star.

December 01, 2006 10:51 PM  
Blogger masgblog said...

ring-a-ling....aha! ring-a-ling

December 02, 2006 1:19 AM  
Blogger masgblog said...

ring-a-ling received and this author is smiling.....nite!

December 02, 2006 1:20 AM  
Blogger Lizard Princess said...

What a fun blog! That picture of bakery just makes me feel tired! (I bake a lot over the holidays). I enjoy Frank Zappa, so naturally I was drawn to your picture when I saw it on another person's blog. Nice.

December 02, 2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger Imran MD said...

Wonderful post. Warms the heart, and a surprise at the end.


You posts are packed with substance. Make me laugh, make me think; you may not know this, but this one makes me feel good inside. Thanks.

December 02, 2006 9:17 AM  
Blogger russkal said...


Zappa is Santa? What the...???

Now let's not make the poor children cry...

Wonderful post. Reminded me that it's now officialy only 22 days before Christmas! And I haven't shopped for a single item on my gift list yet! And I have countless Godchildren! Aaarrrggghh.

Seriously, can't wait till it's Christmas!

December 02, 2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger ELLEMENTINA said...

smiles.... enjoy your holiday, i wish you all the best.

December 02, 2006 6:54 PM  
Blogger Satan said...

every time a bell rings i get really pissed off


if you hear a bell you might want to move toward an exit if i am around

December 03, 2006 12:37 AM  
Blogger Satan said...

blog moderation is for sissies

are you a sissy

i guess i answered my own question

December 03, 2006 12:38 AM  

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