Wednesday, December 24, 2008

On Christmas Mornings

While checking out some other blogs this Christmas Eve morn', I was reminded of a Christmas morning in this house many, many years ago.

As most of you would know by now, my oldest, the Blue Jay, is developmentally delayed and a little autistic. It took her a long, long time to pick up on the concept of Christmas. Although at 15, I can most certainly confirm that she has it big-time now.

But I remember one Christmas when she was about 3 or 4. Despite the tree, the decorations and the hustle and bustle, she had no clue that it was Christmas morning or even what that meant. I sat her down by the tree and opened her first present for her. She couldn't say her own name at the time, so this is what came out out ... "Oh, sica". I tried to show her how to open the second one. "Sica, oh sica!" with more excitement. Repeated with an ever-growing sense of wonderment and excitement as I helped her open each gift.

She may not have had the slightest idea what it was all about but clearly thought it was a very good idea. I can't capture her tone, her voice here but I will never forget it.

Scotch pine Christmas tree ~ $30.00
Numerous toddler toys ~ ??
The look on that little girl's face and the wonderment and excitement in her voice ~ Priceless


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. I'll have to deal with the same thing in the near future.

Merry Christmas!


MMC said...

Thanks Unka. I know you are in the same boat, so many seem to be right now. All I can tell you is what you already know ... to make the most of the time you have. Which isn't so easy considering how far away you are, I know.

Merry Christmas to you too, my friend.

Kris, in New England said...

Michelle: I hope your day today was merry and bright, filled with loving memories and the sure knowledge that your mom was there, if only in spirit.

I know it's small comfort - I'd much rather my dad was here in person. But I know he was watching and enjoying our shenanigans.

Hugs to you and hopes for a brighter New Year.

llm said...

hugs MMC. I'm sure this one was rough for you and I'm sorry I didn't contact you before now.......unfortunately, I've been caught up in my own misery.

But I think of you often...and with much love