A few days ago I was out and about enjoying all the Christmas decorations in the stores. It’s been a rough year. The wonderment of the season always brings me great joy and I needed a dollop of it, right about now. Because my dad passed away, my mom doesn’t want to decorate this year. That makes me sad because I always enjoyed seeing pictures of their holiday décor from a distance. It made me feel close to home. I thought perhaps I could add some holiday cheer to moms December, without going overboard. I saw a festive miniature ‘jingle all the way’ sign. And a sweet snowman’s face one, too. I scooped them up. Put ‘em in my basket and headed home. Before I could mail them, though… I had to remove the price stickers. That was easier said than done. What a mess. The darn things refused to budge. I bought some ‘goo be gone’ thinking that might help?
It didn’t. Instead it made it worse by discoloring the back of the signs. The stains are more than a little disconcerting. Makes the holiday duo look old, instead of new. You can’t give someone a present looking like that? I’m really aggravated. I can’t replace the signs. No sense taking them back for a refund, when another set will end up with the same damage. If you look carefully at my photos… besides the ‘goo gone stains’… the spots where the price stickers were are also etched into permanence.
I want to scream. My idea to surprise my mom is now ruined. So chalk up another low point for 2020.