Johnny Jingles Christmas Wish
“Hey there Miss Numbers, how are you doing?”
“Oh, I’m doing OK Johnny, how are you doing?”
“Doin just fine Miss Numbers. Are you getting ready for the holidays?”
“Oh yes, but it’s an awful lot of work getting ready for the holidays. I’m just getting cookie ingredients to start baking my Christmas cookies. Sometimes I wonder why we do all this holiday stuff. Sometimes I think we put so much pressure on ourselves that we end up not even liking Christmas.”
“Oh no, Miss Numbers, I love Christmas. I love all the jingling sounds at Christmas.”
“Oh? Is that why you jingle your coins all the time Johnny? Is it to remind you of Christmas?”
“No, although if you were a stranger I’d probably say yes, that was the reason. But I’ll tell you the truth. It’s a security thing Miss Numbers. I’ve never had much; but as long as I have some coins to jingle in my pocket I know I can get a bite to eat and something to drink. I feel really lucky when it’s Christmas time if my pockets get a little bit heavy. I feel lucky that I can walk on over to one of those kettles and put a little jingle into it to help someone else get a bite to eat and a bit to drink. The coins jingle when they hit too. That makes me feel pretty good when I have a little extra jingle to put into a kettle. It makes me feel good and it makes me feel like one of the important people, you know what I mean, Miss Numbers?”
“You’re just as important as everyone else Johnny. Most people are a little down on their luck at one time or another. Most people want to pay their way. They want to pay their taxes and their mortgages and their bills but sometimes things go wrong and they need a little help. You’re probably more important than the people who think they are so important because you understand that idea and you choose to help someone else when you can at Christmastime. It seems like that’s the worst time to be down on your luck when everyone is telling you to shop and be happy and merry. So I think that your sharing of your jingle at Christmas makes you a very important man, indeed.”
“Why, thank you Miss Numbers. My Christmas Wish every year is the same. I wish to always have jingle in my pockets and that everyone else also has a pocketful of jingle and that everyone shares what they can share. When I put some of my jingle into the kettle I always think of that line from that old song, “I’ve got a pocketful of miracles for me and you.”
“What a lovely thought Johnny.”
“Well, you best be getting that cookie stuff, Miss Numbers. Christmas is right around the corner you know.”
My faith in humanity was restored by the man with the jingling pockets and I thought miracles don’t always have to be larger than life. Even small miracles like a few coins jingling as they hit a Christmas kettle are miracles; and he didn’t even ask me if his donations were tax deductible. I suddenly felt better than I had in a long time and I smiled as I heard Johnny singing as he walked away jingling his coins, “I’ve got a pocketful of miracles for me and you...”
I hope you're enjoying Just the Basics on the Taxing Subject of Taxes!
Any U.S. tax advice contained in this electronic communication was not intended or written to be used, nor can be used, by any recipient of this communication for the purpose of avoiding penalties that might be imposed pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code or U.S. Treasury Regulations, or any other state or local law or regulation.
Content of this site is not intended to replace professional consultation
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Content copyright © 2018 by Kate Woods. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Kate Woods. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.