You are here! Your dad and I are so very proud of the things you’ve been doing with your life since you’ve moved away. Such a diligent worker, you’ve been like that since you were a child. We can’t wait to hear about your new projects! Are you writing a book, playing music, or applying to graduate school? None of those would surprise us since you have a variety of talents. Whatever it is, I know you’re going to knock it out of the park!
Tonight I’m baking cookies and listening to the hum of the dryer down the hall. I put your sheets in the wash so they would smell fresh when you arrive. I’m still loving on those two squirrely cats that you dragged home as kittens your freshman year of college. They miss you and sleep on your bed (which is why I needed to wash your sheets.)
This week I’ve been busy preparing the house. Snowmen are my favorite tradition so I’ve unpacked the snowman plates, set out snowman towels, and there’s new snowman rug by the front door. You know how your mom is “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!” The decorations make me absolutely giddy. Every ornament I unpack has a memory. Remember the cute little handprint ornament you made for me when you were five? I think it would be fun if we did a second one now – nearly twenty years later! I’ll hang them side by side on the tree.
The Christmas tree is going in the big picture window facing the beach, as it always does. (Dad is probably going to anchor it to the ceiling since your little hairballs are using it to practice their speed and agility.) We love the warm glow of the white lights when we’re down by the waterfront and we want other people to enjoy that same feeling. There’s a lighted boat parade this year! Everyone on the bay is decorating their boats with lights and on the 22nd, they’ll all be on display. We’ll sit on the deck with our cocoa and light a fire in the chimenea to keep warm while we watch. Maybe this will be our new tradition!
You’re going to love this. Your stoic father actually tried out for a Christmas musical and received a role! He really jumped out of his box; we both know how shy he is. Maybe you would like to play the piano for him and he can practice his songs? There’s nothing I love more than the happy sounds of you interacting with your dad. I think your bravery a few months back when you shared your important secret really inspired the both of us. We are being more open about doing the things we want to do and just being ourselves without apology. Thank you for teaching us.
Love you to the moon and back,