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QOTD- What’s On Your List?

One of the earliest things I can remember writing is a Christmas list.

More than just a list of toys and games I might want to receive the coming December 25th, this list was an advertisement aimed at both the omnipresent Santa Claus and at the parents I even then suspected were behind the myth. It was supposed to make me seem sympathetic and prove beyond doubt that I belonged on the ‘Good’ list. It was a list of things it seemed like a good kid would want, liberally sprinkled with the stuff my twisted young brain really desired. For every baseball glove on the list there was a Venus fly trap. For every board game I asked for on the list was a request for an ant farm, in which I believed I could raise fire ants, or a fish tank. You know, for piranha.

In other words, 10 year old me had a plan.

Now, I don’t know what to tell my relatives when they ask what I might like for Christmas. I know the things I wish I had, but unfortunately these things cannot be bought at the local Walmart. Not even the Supercenter.

For example, If I could ask Santa for things now, one of those things would be ambition. I’d like to actually want to achieve things, instead of feeling like I should want to. Can you wrap that up and put it under the tree?

How about self-discipline? No? A faster metabolism?

How about a feeling of satisfaction? Can a list, hastily scrawled in crayon and placed under a small glass of milk and plate of stale sugar cookies insure me a sense of satisfaction with my self and my life?



Then I could use some t shirts, I guess.

And some socks.


What’s on your Christmas list this year?


About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

5 comments on “QOTD- What’s On Your List?

  1. Robert Long
    December 23, 2013

    Pokémon X
    Good grades
    A new pair of shoes
    Some shelves

  2. blake bedlion
    January 28, 2014

    beats by dre
    cod ghost
    AND 1 socks

  3. Jaxon Skeen
    January 28, 2014

    Punching bag
    New football
    Camping supplies

  4. darcie daniel
    January 28, 2014

    Long socks for my collection
    An A for the mandatory pass exam

  5. Artima Tantasukitwanich
    January 28, 2014

    new clothes
    new shoes

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