Kirk, Mike and I just got done with our shift ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Here's just some of what I learned:
- When people ask you to sing a song they mean a Christmas song. Not a song about bells. Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" was a bad choice. I understand that now.
- When I do sing Christmas songs, people are happy to donate but they seem far more interested in paying me to stop singing.
- When people tell you they'll "get you on the way out" as they're entering a store, they actually mean it (100% of the time!).
- The sound of ringing bells stays with you for a while after you stop. I can still hear them.
- I need to work on my Holiday Dance Moves. I'm afraid my Christmas Shuffle just looked like I needed to use the restroom.
- Little kids donating money are the best. Great job to the parents and grandparents who introduce the little ones on their family to the concept of helping others. Special shout out to the little girl who called me Santa. I was wearing a Santa hat and my beard's pretty white so it makes some sense. You can't imagine what an honor that was.
- It feels really good to wish total strangers "Merry Christmas!"