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"Each year, around this time, friends and business partners start sending presents to my office. The reception desk gets covered with tins of candy, boxes of cookies, sometimes a few bottles of wine. It’s all very nice. But what I’d really like is a flock of chicks or maybe some honeybees.
Let me explain what I mean. I’m touched that people think to send holiday treats. It’s a fun tradition. My team at the office always looks forward to the flavored popcorn that one of our partners sends every year. So I don’t want to sound ungrateful or deprive my colleagues of caramel corn.
But I can’t help thinking that the money spent on these gifts could go to people who need it more than I do."
a flock of chicks or maybe some honeybees
People used to order bees from the Sears catalog. So bees under the Christmas tree probably did happen.
joined:Nov 11, 2000
Two bees, or not two bees, that is the question.
...and to put this thread back on topic
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