We drove up to LL Bean in Freeport yesterday to buy a new blue coat for a little girl who we don’t know. It felt fantastic. We explained ‘giving’ to the children in way we hoped they understand and let them help pick out the coat. Though, it is hard for little people to wrap their brains around a gift to an unseen person. They need to visualize a person’s face, I think. All that we could tell them is that there is a little girl who is four, she lives in our town, she likes the color blue and she needs a new, warm coat for winter. A good time was had by all, lessons were learned and we spent the day immersed in the holiday shopping rush.
I was just beginning to write about what a fantastic day it was, and then it struck me. The past two weeks have been ridiculously incredible. Making a girl (yes, I still call myself a girl) who battles a sometimes severe case of the wintertime blues, stop and smell the roses is a tough feat. What’s that, you ask? You’d like to know what has warmed my heart in this season of giving? Well, mostly it isn’t what, but whom…
Gwen switched to the most amazing pre-school after we had a rather lackluster experience at her first alma mater. Thank you to my ballet mom support group who assured me that I wasn’t over-reacting to a couple of rough little boys, some hitting and a band-aid that went unmentioned by the teachers. Thanks to my new friend Susan, my little Cookie is safely ensconced at her new pre-school. She has attended for four days and, let me tell you, my little girl is beaming again. That dark veil of anxiety that had begun to cloud her beautiful little face has lifted. The place is magical and nurturing. Thank you, Susan for telling me about that fortuitous and coveted opening.
Mumsyhood is a beautiful journal-style baby book, complete with fantastic photographs of Kitten’s gorgeous baby and all of their firsts. I love to read it and remember the wonder and awe of my first baby. She reminds me to slow down and take a good look at each of my ‘babies’. With three, life has become so hectic. Frankly, I sometimes get so lost in the day-to-day that I’ve forgotten that first-time mommy wonder. Head over to Mumsyhood and take a good long look at what a supportive, friendly and talented blogger looks like!
Have you ever spent time in the company of a person but never really gotten to know them? I did. I went to high school with one Mr. Sunny Lee. We passed in the hallways but ran in different crowds. He was smart and well-behaved and I was, well…not. My loss on all fronts.
|The Lee Family|
Patti messaged me last week and let me know that she’s sending Gwen a box of her daughter Brigid’s beautiful clothes. Outgrown of course! We wouldn’t want Brigid wandering around nude, would we? Thank you Patti and Brigid. We’ll cook you a nice dinner next summer when you get back up to your beloved Vacationland.
Patty has been incredibly supportive of my blog and some of my darker posts in particular. Simply put, she inspires me. I’m thrilled to call her my friend. Head over to her blog and encourage her to keep writing her amazing blog.
Happy Holidays everyone and thank you for reading.