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See, Sam, words have power. The power to hurt, yes, and that sadly seems to be your focus. But also the power to heal. To bring us together. ” A co-worker has serious allergies. When he gets a particularly bad sneezing fit, he might sneeze, no lie, thirty times in a row. He sometimes gets up and stands outside to finish his sneezing marathon. It seems like he wants privacy on these occasions, but I also feel like I should offer some kind of support. Also, and I don’t know if this is relevant, he’s Indian.
But you’ll find response enough in the light of gratitude shining in their eyes. Not unlike the sacred light of Hanukkah itself. As you’ve correctly noted by now, worrying about non-mainstream holidays is an essential part of Christmas magic. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and that Muslim one, whatever it’s called—when are they, anyway? They seem to slip disconcertingly around the solid rock that is December 25, falling before Christmas one year, after it the next. They might end as late as January or begin as early as November.
So much misunderstanding and hatred. If you don’t mind, I’d rather not get too far into the specifics. It’s pretty complex, after all. What’s that? Why does every American politician feel compelled to reaffirm unconditional support for Israel, you ask? And how is it even possible to negotiate with a group like Hamas? Um, excuse me, but those sound like pretty loaded questions. Is there something offensive lurking behind those questions? Because if so, I am fully prepared to be offended. In conclusion, I would also like to reaffirm my support for greater understanding between opposing groups.