In every family there is a Bumble. In 1964’s Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer christmas tv special Bumble is the antagonist. To “bumble” by definition is to proceed in a clumsy fashion, to botch or bungle, make a mess of things.
This weekend I thought a lot about how much I hope our Bumble can come around like Bumble the Abominable Snowman. At the end of Rudolph Bumble is smiling a toothless grin and places the star on the top of the Christmas tree in ChristmasTown. He may not be beloved by the whole town but at least he has stopped wreaking havoc.
For years now our Bumble has referred to the island he calls home as the “Island for Misfit Toys.” It seemed appropriate to post this ornament this morning as he heads back out of town.
Family weekends can be messy for any family. There was a moment this weekend when I wondered just how much more I had in me. How much love, how much forgiveness. In that moment I looked down and Emily was just standing there. She took my hand and smiled and said “Here. I have this fortune, it’s yours.”
And in to my hand she placed a slip of paper.
“Love, like war, is easy to start and nearly impossible to end.”
If that’s true, it might be your saving grace. Tighten up, Jer. You got this. Merry Christmas, Bumble.