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Another 12 Days of Christmas
By Rick Arnold
Because I've never seen a partridge in a pear tree and because the thought of lords a' leapin' keeps me awake at night, I decided to create my own 12 days of Christmas gift list. My Christmas wish is that these gifts find you during this holiday season.
May the first day of Christmas bring you excitement; excitement for the season and for the personal and professional challenges and opportunities that lie ahead over the next year.
May the second day of Christmas bring you joy in places and situations that you never thought possible.
May the third day of Christmas bring you chocolate cake; after all, it's Christmas!
May the fourth day of Christmas bring you peace; peace to resolve those inner conflicts we all face or to help mend fences with a co-worker or neighbor. The world is overcrowded with angry people. We don't need any more.
May the fifth day of Christmas bring you contentment; contentment to help you appreciate that while every day may not be a bed of roses, each day brings with it seeds of optimism and possibility.
May the sixth day of Christmas bring you more chocolate cake; after all, it's still Christmas!
May the seventh day of Christmas bring you frankincense and myrrh, so, finally, after all these years, you know exactly what that stuff is!
May the eighth day of Christmas bring you (if you're a Missouri Tigers fan) a Cotton Bowl-pickin' good time in Dallas on New Year's Day.
May the ninth day of Christmas bring you a white dress shirt, size 18 collar and... whoops, wrong list.
May the tenth day of Christmas bring you the idealism of small children, the energy of teenagers, the realism of middle age and the wisdom of old age.
May the eleventh day of Christmas bring you happiness. Some will find it in the third and sixth days of Christmas. Others may find the search more difficult but keep looking, it's out there.
And may the twelfth day of Christmas bring you a gift so small it would fit under any tree, so large, no box could contain it, so inexpensive, a child could afford it, and so priceless, no one could ever buy it; the gift of time, time to treasure who you have, what you have and why you have it for as long as time will allow.
Rick wrote this in early December 2007...his last Christmas wish, 3 months before his sudden death in March. Rick's memory is being perpetuated with the Rick Arnold Memorial Scholarship at Maryville University. Communications students like the ones that Rick mentored will be eligible.
Rick's family is holding the inaugural Rick Arnold Memorial Trivia Night on Saturday January 31. It will be hosted by KMOX Radio's Mark Reardon at the Maryville Main Campus Library. Doors at 6p, play begins at 7p, $120 per table. All proceeds will benefit the scholarship at Maryville.
For more information, go to www.thinkofrick.com