Monday, December 24, 2007

Jingle Blessings

Story #1: Jay's whole family was just here for a big Christmas weekend -- lots of presents, lots and lots and lots AND LOTS of cookies. Jay's sister Patty brought along a Christmas game that involved a list of about 20 or so letter combinations that corresponded to Christmas songs. For example, if the letters said, "O L T O B", you have to figure out that that stands for "O, Little Town of Bethlehem." Or "T F N" is "The First Noel", and so on. I live for games like this and got right to work. Jay, on the other hand, had trouble figuring out the correct titles, so he decided to be a smart-alek for each answer. For "R T R N R", he wrote "Ralph, The Real Nice Raccoon." For "JB", he wrote "Jingle Blessings."

Jingle Blessings? Yes. Jingle Blessings.

Story #2: One of the greatest sandwich restaurants in the history of the world, besides Kansas City's own Planet Sub, is a place called Jimmy John's. There are Jimmy John's restaurants in my sister's town, there's one right across from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and there are some in Omaha, and in the southern part of Kansas City, but not anywhere near where we live. For years I have been lamenting this. "Why don't we have a Jimmy John's by our house?" I would always say, over and over and over again. It's been an obsession of mine.

Today, we were in the car, and I saw something ... shimmering on the horizon like the Star in the East. It was ... A BRAND NEW JIMMY JOHN'S ... RIGHT!!! BY!!!! OUR!!!! HOUSE!!!

"IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!" I exclaimed, trying not to cry.

"Yes," said Jay, clearly moved as well. "It's a Jingle Blessing."


Renee said...

I LOVE Jimmy Johns!!! I too have been very upset about the lack of JJ in KC - there were 2 in Columbia and we used to eat there atleast once a week. Guess we'l be spending more time over in your area. Who knows - we just might have to move over there. I could have JJ and be back in the MOMS Club with you all. Hummm, I'll have to start working on Ed:)

Merry Christmas!

Brooke said...

I've never eaten at Jimmy Johns, but I know Mark eats at the downtown location quite a bit. Let's go!

Sunshine said...

A jingle blessing right by your house! Thanks for writing about it.
Wishing you many many jingle blessings in the new year.

Karen's sister said...

How about a #12 with no onions, and a slim #1 for the kiddos? :) Now we know what we'll be having for lunch next time we visit.