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Day 343 ~ Thou Shall Not Covet
You heard the Man. No Coveting... and that includes this sweet score. This priceless piece of art and I were magically united when Kylie drew lucky number 12 (out of 12 people) in the white elephant gift exchange we had this past Sunday night with our church couples group. It was destiny. I - from my 10 spot - had already smugly stolen a USB cup warmer from another unsuspecting giftee after the set of candles I initially drew was stolen from me. Knowing my wife would get some use out of the cup warmer since I don't drink anything that's room temperature or warmer, I was content with my sacrificial pick for the betterment of our marriage [read: brownie points].
And then fate stepped in. With her final pick, Kylie somewhat reluctantly picked up the lone "present" left on the table. It was heavy. I was not impressed as heavy often equates to misplaced hopes & dreams for quality in white elephant exchanges. But this was no dream. She lifted the mass from the bag and slowly shed the tissue paper hiding the mystery within. When the last shred fell to the ground, she held it up and a momentary hush came over the crowd of onlookers. Then they ooh'd and ahh'd in approval... or laughter. And from that point on - since, after all, what's mine is hers and hers is mine - we were the proud owners of the leagle [lion + eagle]... or at least I was. Others may mock us, but they mock in respect, because they know we walked out with the most coveted gift of the evening, maybe not for it's beauty or value, but because it will once again be the best white elephant gift at the first exchange we get invited to next year during the holidays.
Until then, or at least for the rest of the Christmas season, the leagle has landed on my desk in my photography gallery room and will sit there regally and garner respect from all those who are priviledged enough to see it in person. Did you know that if you rub the leagle's beak and toss a fiver into the jar I'm going to put out next o him, your practically gauranteed to have something good happen to you in the next 4 days? And BTW, I'm fully aware it may not be part eagle, but leagle sounds better than lion + some-other-bird.
So, lastly, the leagle needs a name. Feel free to leave a comment with suggestions. In the meantime, admire him from your keyboard... but don't covet him.