The other day, I was watching Scrooge with my family. You know — the musical with Albert Finney? It’s one of my favorites.
At one point — shortly after the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, I believe — my twelve-year-old daughter (aka the Mercurial Maiden) turned to me and said, “The past is all sad and the future is all creepy and scary, but the present is jolly and fun.”
Almost without thinking, I remarked, “Well, maybe that’s because living in the past makes us sad, and living in the future makes us scared. Our best chance for happiness is in the present.”
Then I stopped and thought about what I’d just said.
Unwrapping the present now, to see what treasures it contains…