Do You Have A Mid-week “Mini-Christmas”?

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For kids one day reigns supreme, so much so that’s it’s worth losing sleep and being told “Get back in your room!” over 50 times….an hour.

But what happens when childhood melts away in the fires of time?

As adults we’re faced with pressures that seem to intensify with every waking moment. Some of us turn to dark pursuits to ease the pain, but dark things are a Chinese finger puzzle: the more you struggle, the tighter the trap gets.

So what do you do to equalize the pressure and stay in the light?

You establish a “Mid-Week Mini-Christmas” – an event that lets you bask in the glow of childhood while maintaining the role of a grown-up. For The Hook, one day is a portal to days gone by, when things were simpler and filled with wonder.

New Comic Book Wednesday.     


Just for the record, I’m happily married, nor do I live in my Mom’s basement. None of the stereotypical “comic geek” jokes can be hurled my way.

Although that doesn’t stop my wife from throwing them anyway.

Not only is Wednesday the best day of my week for selfish reasons, it also gives me a chance to spend time with my daughter, who has discovered the joy of comic collecting all on her own. The wife isn’t pleased, but our child is well-rounded and reads all kinds of literature, so she can’t say much.

The point is this: we need something to strive for, a light at the end of the weekly work tunnel. Without a “Mini-Christmas” the pressure can be too much for our already-burdened shoulders.

For some people a weekly family dinner fits the bill, or a “Date Night” with their spouse. Just find  something and stick with it. The happier you are, the better equipped you are to go out into this world of ours and actually contribute something of value.

Love Showdown (Archie Comics)

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 My daughter’s favorite characters, and great role models.

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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12 Responses to Do You Have A Mid-week “Mini-Christmas”?

  1. Jim says:

    sorry buddy- couldnt find an email for ya- but im sure this one is fodder for your book of terrible page… because its TERRIBLE

  2. echostains says:

    As a child we used to get given old comics from jumble sales. Some of them were from the 1950s! How I wish I had kept them:-( Interesting blog, by the way 🙂

  3. Bernie says:

    Glad you clarified you don’t live in your Mom’s basement and are married. *lol* I think its a clever idea to have something to look forward each week.

    Now I will have to share this with Mr. Bernie and see what he can come up with.

  4. Hey Hook, thanks for dropping by my way saying you liked my stuff. I checked out your site and love they way you write and … have the coolest Gravatar ! I’m gonna check in with a sub cuz I like sparky people. Have a great day.

  5. walksalone says:

    Hi Hook, thanks for stopping by my blog and liking the cats and their adventures. I’m subscribing, I like your blog. Have a great day.

  6. Sherri says:

    Thank you for checking out my blog. It’s nice to know someone is reading it since I am a newbie. My mini-Christmas is inline skating. I can’t use my kids as an excuse anymore because they won’t go to the roller rink with me, but it’s a lot of fun. I am trying to go every week. It will be a lot easier when the ice is off of the road, and I can take to the streets.

  7. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me too 🙂

    I’m pretty sure an occasional mid-day nap or mid-day shower doesn’t count towards mini-Christmas…!

    Betty, Veronica, and Archie were my favorites too!

    PS Did you hear!? The Human Torch! He wasn’t my favorite so I’m cool… But what’s the next issue going to be about?

    • The Hook says:

      The rest of the team deals with their loss and the stage is set for a new book, (And the eventual return of the Torch!)
      No one stays dead in the comic world.

  8. bmj2k says:

    Before I became jaded and turned my focus to 1970’s and earlier collections, there was no better day than comic book day. I still look forward to it for the six or seven titles I still get.

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  10. inidna says:

    Hiya, thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog and liking me posts 🙂 I got so many notifications in my email (I thought I was dreaming last night when my Blackberry kept pinging so many times!) Haha but it was a great way to start my day!

    Archie comics! Grew up with those and still have some lying about somewhere in the house. My little sister stole most of them but man did I love those guys/gals! You wouldn’t happen to know who Archie chose in the end do you?? :O

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