I remember one Christmas in particular; I think I was about 5. That year was the year that my-size Barbie dolls were the “hot toy” of the year. All I wanted for Christmas was a my-size Barbie. It had been … Continue reading
Dear Santa, I hope your summer was good. How is your wife? I have been a mix of naughty and nice this year, so I will let you be the judge of which wins out. If I have been naughty … Continue reading
This past weekend was, in a word, exhausting. Mom and I had back to back closings all day Friday, and she was a little emotional from one in particular who she had become very close with. He was a wonderful … Continue reading
All this past week, I have been sick. I haven’t really gotten over my coughing fits yet and my taste buds are still convinced everything tastes just awful. That’s my favorite part of getting sick; I dropped 5 pounds in … Continue reading
I have been a theatre kid since the tender age of 5 when I got my first role in my church’s Christmas play. I was Balthazar, one of the three wise men. I remember laying on my bed, running my lines, and … Continue reading
A few Christmases ago, when my grandfather “Papa” was still alive, I was struck with an idea to make the world’s first Yellow Submarine chess set. Papa and I had a mutual love for the game and the Beatles, as well. I worked hard on that chess set for weeks, and I couldn’t wait to present it to him Christmas morning. I even made a custom box for the game.
Christmas morning, he opened the gift and laughed at it. Not in a bad way, but he was very amused at the idea of a Beatles chess set. Whenever I came over to visit during the next year, he had the chess set out on display. That was the last Christmas we had with Papa; he passed away August of the next year. I never got to play the game with him, but the set was back in my possession after his passing and I have treasured it as much as he did.
I made a duplicate chess set for Tim last Christmas after he came over to visit one time and fell in love with it. Since then, we have played the game many times. I feel like Papa is there, watching, because I really only talk about him and the great memories I have of him when I pull the chess set out. I never knew what such a simple gift would give back to me. My love for my grandfather is embodied in this chess set, and I am glad that he got to see how much he meant to me that last Christmas we all had together. That love carried over into the person that I hope to spend the rest of my life with.
What was the best gift you’ve ever given someone?
Happy Tuesday! I am feeling infinitely better today. No more bah humbugs to speak of. In fact, I am joyous today. Giddy even. Why is this? Because this Christmas is the first of many with my guy. We went out … Continue reading
I am going to blame it on the cold/flu/10th plague of Egypt that hit me over the weekend, but I really have NOT been in the Christmas spirit this year. I can’t be the only one, though, can I? Maybe it’s … Continue reading