Dear Beautiful Holiday Child of Mine,
I’m so thrilled to have you here with us. It’s the night before Thanksgiving and you are in the kitchen with your Grandma Carol and I preparing for tomorrow’s dinner. Your Grandpa Al is in the living room fussing about everything. He seems like a grouch but he is really a huge teddy bear and loves and spoils you. Your fur-brother Storm is scratching at the back door begging for one of us to let him out. Storm is a five year old black cat that I rescued from your Great-Grandma Mary’s house in North Carolina. He was about 3 months old and everyone thought I was crazy when I drove 6 hours round trip to rescue him. Now no one could imagine the family without him.
This is your baby sister Nyla’s first Thanksgiving. She is five months old and a very happy and sweet baby. Nyla will laugh, talk and drool on you when you are holding her. She is in her swing at the edge of the kitchen because she doesn’t like to for her grandma and I to be out of her sight for long. Your grandma will share with you her tips and tricks for making her delicious food; this information is invaluable trust me! You will follow in my footsteps and volunteer to be a taste tester.
Once things are all prepared your grandma will roll her hair up before getting in bed. Your grandfather will have already fallen asleep on the couch and will be snoring loudly until your grandma tells him “go get in the bed Al!” By now Storm will have whined so much you will let him out. Everyone else will be sleep and you and I will have a good conversation and laughs in the living room. I’ll let you know that I love you and think you are incredible just exactly the way you are and don’t you ever forget it! When we finally decide to go to bed I will let you have my bed and I’ll take the couch because that’s what moms do.
The next morning you, your grandma and I will complete the finishing touches before the rest of the family arrives. Football will be on and there will be family stuffed in every corner. You will eat until you are about to burst and enjoy lots of hugs and laughter. The older folks will tell you stories about “back in the days” and you won’t be able to keep a smile off your face.
I’ve truly enjoyed you spending thanksgiving with me my beautiful holiday child. I hope that as you journey down life’s path you hold with you all the love you received today and NEVER FORGET YOU ARE PERFECT JUST AS YOU ARE; ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!
Your Holiday Mom Keeley