This has been a whirlwind week, with the kids still enamored by the Christmas presents. The doll alone has made several necklaces, bracelets and earings, thanks to a jewelry making kit (that scared the daylights out of me with its many many small parts and pieces), given to her by her Grammy. And not an hour goes by without her running to check and see what her hamster (Kitty) is up to.
The boy loves his new nook. What’s more, prior to purchasing any apps or books, he’s asked my permission. I’m so relieved! “Mom is it okay if I buy this astronomy app?” he asked me yesterday. “Astronomy? Let me look”. Oh my goodness, and educational app he’s buying freely!! Yay!!! However, the $20 he received from his Aunt Pud, burned a wide hole in his pocket before he convinced his dad to take him to Target to purchase some Yugioh cards. God help us he still likes Yugioh cards.
I would be remiss if I didn’t stop and appreciate what cool kids I have, all year round. I’m fortunate I have this blog to archive some of the fun and furious episodes in life we’ve encountered this year. My favorite quote from the doll came Wednesday night when I was syncing music onto her mp3 player. “I’m so lucky I have such a cool mom!” I think I might get that printed up on a T-shirt and have her sign the shirt, so I can wear it when she’s 14 and hates me.
The boy’s favorite quote came from last January when he was explaining to me how his socks were soaked from the snow outside, “It was as if I were standing on Godzilla’s neck as he descended into a vast body of water”. I love how this kids brain works! Even a simple, played in the snow all morning, turned into something more exciting.
As for the extended family with whom I may write about, I think my dad takes the award for most impressive year. Not only did he turn 90 very gracefully, he also put aside old feelings and hurt (WW2 veteran), donating money to the Japanese Tsunami relief fund.
Then there was the night I was over at a friends OSU v MU party and a man approached me named Larry. “Your Doc Tom’s daughter right? Is he home right now? Could you take me over to see him?” Larry, who walks with a considerable limp as a result of polio suffered when a child, and I entered my Dad’s house and they visited for a while. After about ten minutes, Larry and I departed, Larry carrying a golden rosary my Dad had made and had gotten blessed earlier in the week. As we walked back to the party Larry said, “I want to thank you for that. You have no idea how your Dad has influenced my life and made me a better man as a result”. “What?”
“When I was a kid, my folks had no money, and yet here I was, stricken with polio. They were wasting all their money on my treatments, putting the whole family into debt. I have always felt bad about that. Anyways, I developed really bad callouses on my bad foot and your dad treated me, free of charge. My dad tried to pay and your dad always said, NO. Then he made me some inserts for my shoes–that were expensive and again your dad said NO to the payment.
Your mom and dad had nine kids to feed and put through school, yet he wouldn’t take money for a job, just to help out my family. Even as a young kid I recognized right there and then, you don’t get through life without compassion for others. As a result, I count your dad as one of only a handful of people who made me a better person. Your dad is one of the best men ever in my book and now he’s given me this rosary; I will treasure this as another gift from him”.
Well I was floored from Larry’s proclamation, I still am. For all his goofiness with telemarketers, his inability to use the remote control on his TV sometimes and his online bill paying antics its easy to forget what a special person he is, and how incredibly blessed I am that he’s my dad.
Happy New Year everyone!