Wednesday, August 13, 2008

One Foot In Front of the Other

They came around like clockwork every year right before Christmas -- TV specials like Rudolph and Frosty. Every year we looked forward to them. For some reason, even though I hate thinking about Christmas mid August, the show Santa Clause Is Coming To Town came to mind today.

It's the mythical story of a baby (Kris Kringle) adopted by elves who then sets off to take toys to a nearby town. Only toys are banned by the evil leader of the town. In the process of bringing toys to the children, there is also an encounter with a giant snow monster, Mother Nature, and her town sons -- Mr. Heat Miser and Mr. Deep Freeze. (I'm not sure on their names but they are something along those lines.) Of course since they are polar opposites, there is some animosity between them that I've somehow forgotten ties into the story line.

But I do remember a bit of the song this pair sings on the other side of that animosity: Put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out the door. I always liked that song for some reason and that one time a year was the only time I ever heard it.

I feel like I've need that advice today. One foot in front of the other.

I generally do fairly well at the bookstore even though it is often a late night capping off an early morning for me. I may grumble a bit depending on which section I'm assigned or how many of us there are to close. (I think you need 3-4 to do a good close. When there are 2 of us on the floor, I feel it.) But I don't really even grumble that much about it.

It was a generally difficult day. I went in feeling emotionally spent. So, perhaps that is why I kept remembering that silly song. One foot in front of the other. Some days that is what it takes.

I'm glad to know tomorrow is a new day. With any luck, it will be a "soar on wings like eagles" day instead of Mr. Heat Miser and Mr. Deep Freeze!




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1 comment:

Julie Stiles Mills said...

now i have that song stuck in my head!

I like it too. baby steps. baby steps.