Last Friday, Hub and I attended Little Drummer Boy’s Thanksgiving program at day care and enjoyed a selection of turkey songs, his turkey headdress, a little day-dreaming, a great deal of jumping, and ham and cheese sandwiches. It was our first “program” complete with all the fun we expected in a 3-year-old’s performance. They did great. Their teachers did GREAT, and we captured it all on film. Little Drummer Boy has now added HIS “movie” to the favorite list and enjoys giggles from the audience at each showing.
As part of the decorations in the Fellowship Hall, the teachers for each class had hung posters with lists of what the children said they were thankful for. As you can imagine, the lists included everything from frogs to Spider Man to cheetos. My Little Drummer Boy was thankful for “Mommy and Daddy.” Right back atcha, sweet one! In the grand tradition of preschool “What I’m thankful for” lists, my observance of the 12 Days of Thanksgiving would not be complete without a list or two of my own. This one includes the silly, the sweet and the soul-searching of my life. I tried to split it out, so as not to muddy up the serious with the superficial, but you know, life’s little Thanksgiving pageant just isn’t like that. So, here goes (in no particular order. actually, in the order I thought of them, which is not particular)…
3. Little Drummer Boy, Squiggle & Baby Girl — I start with (3) in Squiggle Man’s tradition because to separate them would suggest a first and last, and I could never decide that.
4. Hub — his knowledge of 80’s rap and all manner of toddler wrestling moves, his commitment to follow hard after God and to work hard despite disappointment
5. My Family — their generosity, their love of traditions, their commitment to celebration, their pecan pie
6. Laptops — daily Mac love
7. WordPress — autosave, comment approval and spam catching widgets
8. BlueHost — and it’s cheap hosting
9. McDonald’s playland — chicken nuggets, family time and some “outside time” even on a rainy Sunday
10. My Day Job — and the Queen who reigns there
11. Cheesy Dogs & Tator Tots — my own little 30-minute meal, including the 50 stops to soothe tears, referee toy ownership, find pup-pup, start Dora, converse with Hub (rare!), bounce Baby Girl, move Buddy (the cat), find Noah and Jim (citizens of Little People land), fill juice cups, find pup-pup again, etc, etc.
12. Ore Ida Steam N’ Mash Potatoes — Wow! My favorite new product. I can make homemade mashed potatoes (the rare food everyone loves) without peeling, chopping or boiling.
13. Fallen leaves — and their crunch, the sound that immediately immerses me mentally and emotionally in everything I love about Autumn
14. The Internet — finding at least something about almost anything
15. Simon & Garfunkel Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Baby Limas & Corn Bread — delicious. the meal that makes me feel like I’m cooking like a Mama
16. Our House — the fun of making it our own, the joy of giving our kids a place they belong, the realization that even if we didn’t have it, we would still have everything
17. God’s Word — truth, solace, encouragement, instruction, admonition, past, present, future
18. Giggles — and their abundance
19. Saturdays — the day we “get to spend the whole day together”
20. The Question “Why?” — and the opportunities for conversation it brings, 537 times a day
21. God’s Mercy — boundless redemption from mistakes and wayward steps
22. A Baby in the House — her smiles and coos, the bonding of nursing her, watching her recognize her own hands, letting her fall asleep on my shoulder
23. Boys — the every day learning curve of truck horns, animal roars, constant movement, drum beats, tall towers, and the dream of the men they will be
24. The Quietness of 11 o’clock — the peace of seeing them all asleep with arms sprawled or knees pulled under, and a few moments to myself. it’s worth the loss of sleep.
25. Laying my Head on the Pillow — in the hope that I’ve given each moment it’s due, trusting God to prune, fertilize and water what’s been done