Rick's older boys drove in a couple days prior, much to the abject joy of Zack, and as at Thanksgiving, they prepared a Christmas Eve feast of turkey, the best mashed potatoes this side of I-don't-know-where, and my favorite -- jalapeno mac-and-cheese. After dinner the three boys played games together and I basked in the realization that I had absolutely not a thing to do.
|The tree in the new addition, the library part of the living room.|
Christmas morning, everyone met around the tree and I sat with Zack to watch his face light up at his toys. He totally charmed me with his Zack-ness when he cracked open a geode I'd bought for him on a bead shopping trip I'd made with Cindy. (Sigh. I couldn't wait to give it to him for his birthday).
Zack opened it and was enthralled by the amethyst inside. Then he looked up and said, "I want to give a half to Ryan and a half to Colin. Is that ok?"
So that was his present to them.
A gift we'd given to Zack ended up being a present for all the boys -- a huge Lego house kit. I was in my office puttering around when I heard the three of them happily opening bags and divvying out parts. They decided who would get Bag 1, Bag 2, and Bag 3, and then looked to see what they got.
Zack: "Colin, are you jealous I got all the (enter cool neat parts)."
Colin (who is 25): "Well... yeah, a little!"
|finished Green Grocer|
|The detail is amazing!|
Rick surprised me with a couple of things I'd written about in my blog (one thing we'd BOTH actually purchased within days of each other, and the astute seller caught it, so thankfully, I only have one). To prove again how well we know each other, a couple of days ago I received an order from a book club I belong to and I showed him one of the books....
... and he winced and said, "Can you send that back and act surprised when you get it again?" I didn't have this book on any wish list at all, but Rick got it because he knew I liked WWII history. Score one for Rick!
Score ten million for Rick on my other two presents. Remember my epic blog post about our trip to the Mercersburg Inn and our antique shopping, and my discovering a tiny accordion-style camera? Rick spent ages on Ebay finding me two others, both serious collector's items.
This one was made by Kodak between 1927-1933 and is called a vanity camera, in that it was made for women, made in colors, and came in a pretty case. Mine came with the case embossed with the owner's name.
Then he found another rarity, a Kodak Boy Scout camera, complete with the case and manual -- a real find. It was made specifically for the Boy Scouts in 1930.
We were supposed to head to Pennsylvania today, but it's snowing, so we're spending a lovely day at home. I'm catching up on pre-taxes paperwork (the first time I'll be ready ahead of time, an awesome feeling), writing, organizing, and basically feeling peace and calm.
Peace and calm are all I wanted for Christmas. I've had Christmases spent overseas, alone in the military; I've had one sadly memorable Christmas abjectly alone in my first house in Charlottesville; so I know the opposite of peace and calm, and my heart is with anyone feeling those things right now. The holidays can be tough in innumerable ways for many. So for everyone, no matter how you spent your holiday, know that my heart is beaming out to you, and my wish for you is a new year of happiness and light.
|Christmas ornament Rick gave me for our first Christmas together.|
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.