"I wanted to give you a special holiday gift!" said the Space Alien, handing her the package.
|A Beautiful Gift|
|A Holiday Gift for You!|
"It's beautiful!" said your editor!
"Well open it," said the Space Alien, "but you can't keep the bird; he's just on loan!"
"I can see that!" said your editor, opening a window as the handsome red bird took flight.
|The Red Bird Took Flight|
Your editor then opened the package, carefully unwinding layers of ribbon and wrapping paper, to reveal a wall clock.
"Well this is a lovely gift!" she exclaimed. "It's something I can use every day!"
"It's special," said the Space Alien, pulling a battery from the tissue paper and inserting it into the clock. "See how it runs! Just click here to have a look!"
|This Clock Runs Backwards!|
"I thought you'd need it," said the Space Alien. "Didn't you say that the new administration would turn back the clock?"
Your editor sighed "Yes indeed, they already seem to be turning back the clock -- on human rights of every sort, on civil rights and civil liberties, on the environment, on education, on health, on labor, on consumer protection, and perhaps on any hope of world peace! The list goes on and on! We'll be moving backward, not forward!"
"This is true," said the Space Alien thoughtfully, "and maybe you are also concerned about turning back the clock on even the modest gains made in recent decades towards overcoming tribalism in order to form a more perfect union."
"Exactly!" said your editor, marveling once again at the Space Alien's deep understanding and eloquent expression of her own distress.
"Then this clock will help you keep track of it!" said the Space Alien, carefully hanging the new timepiece on your editor's living room wall.
Your editor spent a moment watching the counterclockwise movement of the second hand.
"Where did you ever find such a thing?"
"I found it on Amazon"
"But you don't have an account there -- or anywhere else for that matter!"
"Oh, I used your account," said the Space Alien a bit sheepishly. "You know I don't have a credit card or even a birth certificate, but I have such an honest face they took care of me right away."
"It's a thoughtful gift!" said your editor. "I guess we'll all be needing one of these sooner or later!"
"Probably sooner," murmured the Space Alien. "So everyone who wants one can just click here."
"How long do you think this clock will run?" asked your editor, a worried look on her face.
"Hopefully no longer than four years," muttered the Space Alien.
"We need to snap out of this," said your editor. "Look outside; there's light, there's hope!"
"Yes, " answered the Space Alien, "with light comes hope!"
"Then the greatest gift we can give our loyal readers," said your editor "is our pledge to keep on producing the Space Alien Gazette as a shining light of inspiration and cheer!"
"Right on!" said the Space Alien. "We'll never give up and we'll never give in, and certainly we'll have plenty of work ahead, but just for now, let's relax, enjoy the season and thank our readers for their loyalty!"
MAY ALL OUR LOYAL READERS RECEIVE GIFTS OF LOVE, HEALTH, AND JOY
NOW AND IN THE YEAR AHEAD!
NOW AND IN THE YEAR AHEAD!
WITH EVERY GOOD WISH FROM
THE SPACE ALIEN
THE ENTIRE STAFF OF THE SPACE ALIEN GAZETTE