Sunday, December 27, 2009

Of Zoey and Jeremy and Neil

It wasn't a good Christmas and I just can't shake it. Perhaps someday I will blog about the details, but I can't right now. Instead I'm comforting myself by wondering how the kids at the children's home -- Zoey and Jeremy and Neil -- enjoyed their presents.

Zoey got the coat she asked for, in pink, with along with a pair of Dora the Explorer sunglasses. I tossed in the sunglasses because I wanted her to have a little fun, just in case the coat is a tad utilitarian a gift. I bought Jeremy sweats and a miniature book about Rudolph because a clothes gift can be lightened with some reindeer games. And Neil got the pajamas he asked for, plus a picturebook tie-in to Disney's 3-D Christmas Carol with Marley's apparition on the cover because ghouls can be cool to an 8-year-old boy.

I also think about my donations to the toy drive at work -- especially the special retelling of Marley and Me and the package of holiday-themed lipglosses, hoping that a kid with an affinity for pets and a girl who dreams of make-up received them.

I am fortunate that giving can fill me with joy. That I have enough imagination to visualize faces to go with the names. It means I have happy memories to attach to Christmas 2009, no matter what. I don't want to become like my friend, John, who refers to December 25 as "just a day."

3 comments:

  1. I'm sorry it wasn't the best of Christmasses. But you're right, you made the day for some kids that could really use it. That's the best part of the holiday.

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  2. Oh sister girl, I'm sorry that things were sucky. You have such a good heart and I just want to go and thwack those who aren't seeing it.

    Send me a THWACK! list and I'll send my angel group to give them a talking to.

    (HUGGGS)

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  3. aww, am sorry to hear that christmas was not as planned :(. I had some holiday drama that kinda ruined mine as well but it happens, you are so nice to donate thoose toys and Ia m glad it brings you joy when you think about it! :). Hoping you have a better New Year's!

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