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Saturday, November 25, 2006

soup's on

My daughter called to say she made too much soup from the leftover turkey and would we come over and help them out by eating dinner with them. Ha! If there are key lime bars and pumpkin bars leftover, too, we are in!
My granddaughter is playing with the green things in her soup and very quietly asks me if she can come spend the night at my house. She really knows the perfect moment. Her mom and I have been scheming about finding a good day for her to spend with us so that my daughter can get her Christmas present made. Played right into our plan. I looked at my daughter knowingly and said, well, if it's okay with your mom, I think it will be fun night for you. Grandpa had to go to work for a few hours and so it was just us two snuggled up. She read me two stories and then we turned out the lights and five minutes later she was asleep. A couple of hours later and she is whacking me in the nose with her arm as she dreams. Time to move to the couch.

Next day, we decorate the tree. I'm up early pulling things out of the bowels of the walk-in closet. I don't want any help with that. So I get the tree put together and the lights mostly working and then make pancakes while Grandpa finds the broken strand and replaces it. Then she and I put on all the handmade ornaments and some of most memorable of the store-bought ones. She moves faster than my shutter lens. I have too many ornaments and she likes to hang all the matchings ones on the same branch. All the Guatemalan worry dolls go together, all the Hmong quilt blocks on one branch, all the clothespin soldiers together on another. I have to teach her a little about spreading things around - working towards planned chaos. At this point though, I'm thinking her future is in retailing. All the little products lined up neatly would suit her fine.
She is absorbed in the decorating process, admiring some ornaments more than others. I point out the ones her mother made a long time ago. Hmmm, it's about time that M made a few ornaments for my collection.

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