Okay, that's it. I give up. I didn't know how having a Christmas this year was going to be at all possible. In light of everything that's happened in the past nearly two months, yuletide joy was something that seemed way past feasibility. Although, I haven't begrudged anyone from having that. Just feels like I'm on the outside looking in this year, is all.
But then before tonight's performance of It's A Wonderful Life: The Musical two young ladies who I've been working backstage with surprised me with a little something. And as I told Joy and Makia, this has to be the sweetest thing that has happened to me since Lord knows when.
Look! Dalek action figures from Doctor Who!
Joy and Makia spotted these in a nearby store and... well, words cannot possibly convey how touched I am to be given these by two such wonderful people. As you can see that's the classic Dalek seen in "Genesis of the Daleks" from 1975 during the Tom Baker era. Along with one of the utterly insane variants witnessed two years ago in "Asylum of the Daleks" from the midst of Matt Smith's reign as the Doctor.
I can't help but feel some Christmas cheer now. It's A Wonderful Life is a story about how every life has meaning. Your own life too. Even if you can't see on your own how it could be. In the end George Bailey discovered that he had riches that he never imagined, and right now - in the midst of where life has led me these past few months - being given these Dalek figures by two friends I've made through this production has let me feel much like George Bailey.
Incidentally, these are the very first anything of the Daleks that I've ever owned. I've been a fan of them for almost as long as I've been watching Doctor Who (more than thirty years now) but for whatever reason I've never had any to call my own. They now have a very special place of honor: on my "motivational table" on my computer desk, sitting next to the monitor. It has things on it that I sometimes look at while I'm writing my book. Already on it are Emmet and Wyldstyle minifigs from The LEGO Movie, and three expansion packs for the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures game (which will remain unopened and unplayed-with until my work on the book is finished). Two Daleks in the fore of it all is going to be the cherry on top, 'cuz hey: it's tough getting more motivational than having two Daleks aiming their guns at you, right?
Thanks again to Joy and Makia for giving me a lot to smile about this holiday season :-)
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