Four score and seven emails ago my spouse brought forth onto the Internet a new notion, conceived in generosity, and dedicated to the proposition that all her sisters be treated equally [33%, 33% and 34%].
Now they are engaged in a great civil discussion, testing whether that notion or any such notion so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. They are met on a great point of this coming season. They have come to dedicate those portions of the family, as final recipients for those others who will give their Christmas gifts so that this notion might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that they should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow these gifts. The brave women, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. [Right, Carl?] The world will little note, nor long remember what I say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the men, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who thought here first have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these treasured presents we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of their devotion—that we here highly resolve that these presents shall not have been given in vain—that this notion, under God, shall have a new birth of Christ—and that family of these people, by these people, for these people, shall not go un-gifted for this special season on earth.
PS – Above please find my Christmas gift request. It will be auctioned by Netroots Nation, the week of December 5th. Opening bid is $10 and its expected value is $30. I’m sure that since it is for a good cause it is also totally non-fattening. 😉
PPS – If this idea doesn’t strike your fancy or fit in your budget or you don’t win the auction, then there are always socks.