October 12, 2012
Best Present Ever!
Last weekend, I was thinking about my older daughter's birthday, on 10/11/12. Her daughter, Lizzie, is off for her first semester at college, and I was remembering how I seemed to rattle around the house when my daughter left. Something was just . . . missing. I decided she needed December Angel more than I did.
Here's where the "best present ever!" part comes in. I've been organizing and packing and generally putting my hands on every single item in the house, and last weekend what should come upon but a photo of Lizzie as a toddler. I'd found her a red pocketbook (or "pockeybook" as she, and consequently the rest of us, called it) and she was holding it, with glee sparking from every pore. I photocopied the photo and cut her loose from the background. Then I grabbed a U. S. map that was handy on the shelf, trimmed out the South Carolina part, glued it to card stock, and glued ribbon around the outside edge. Then I added Lizzie's photo. Here are the card and the figurine together in the box waiting to be mailed.
All of that is pretty good, but what put it in "best present ever" territory is what I wrote inside the card: "Someone to keep you company until your own December angel comes dancing home."
I'm not always this good at giving presents, but when I get it right, I get it really, really right.