Fezzik has been good about the tree so far. For that matter, they all have. Why do I blame the baby all the time?
I’ll be knitting the Christmas socks all weekend. Seems they are not getting longer despite the fact that I knit on them exclusively. I usually cheat with a shortie sock and the past two pair I’ve knit a real size so …..surprise to me: They take longer. And I’m bored, red, green, white, red, green, white…..But I will keep going and be full of glad tidings when they are done.
While visiting sweet confused as ever mom, I talked to her about Christmas things. I tell her she gave us a great Christmas. “Mom, you raised 6 kids! You know that don’t you? ” and somehow I remembered when small we always gave her
Jean Nate. Fireman laughed and said he gave his mom Jean Nate too. Did you Jean Nate? The sweetest thing was, my mom, had enough Jean Nate to fill a bathtub with it yet she always acted like it was just the best gift.
We always gave my Nana dusting powder. She smelled great. I realize it was called dusting powder because you ‘dusted’ yourself with it. I thought it was because my Nana was always dusting the house.
My dad got OLD SPICE and I can smell it still. I recall giving the gifts with great pride. Back in the day, we also made a gift in school for our parents. I think it was the only time I liked school. The teacher would show us the final product, explain all the steps and mine would look not a whole lot like the display!
Through an odd sequence of events, (?) Fireman and I realized both of our aunts moved within a block of one another. They have met. I’ve been a bit estranged from that aunt due to my father, but I decided to reach out and send her a card this year. I just said, “Sorry it has been so long. ”
I spent so many of my early Christmas’ at her home with my cousins. Santa came to their house for us on Christmas eve. Their neighborhood joined lights from roof to roof. I have good memories of all of our families young, intact and playful there. So it was a joy to send her a card. A strange relief.
The Holidays…..so much emotion tied in. I like to look back for all the good. There was plenty of it. and Plenty of Jean nate