The holiday season is in full swing and the spirit of the year can be found all around us. Everywhere I turn I see beautiful wreaths hung with red ribbon, trees twinkling in the night, and smiles on the faces of strangers. I absolutely adore the generosity and purity that flows within us this time of year. I sincerely hope my children will learn and understand the importance of giving to others. I pray that I teach them to hold dear their loved ones and to cherish their friendships, their health, and their opportunities in life.
After a few recent conversations with my six-year-old Ella, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the magic and innocence of childhood. That, and the fact that she made me laugh, a lot.
The Spirit of Remembrance:
Ella: Mom, I need the binoculars.
Me: For what?
Ella: So I can go outside and look for Great Grandma Nonny in the sky.
Me: Okay, but it’s kind of cloudy out so you might not see her.
Ella: Oh. Oh well then maybe I can see a bird poop while it’s flying.
The Spirit of Knowing Who’s Boss:
Me: Ella, you forgot to make your bed this morning.
Ella: I know mom. It’s just that I have coat room clean-up at school this week.
Me: Well that’s no excuse for not helping out at home.
Ella: Mrs. M said that coat room was my only chore for the week.
Me: At school, not at home.
Ella: Oh yeah. And she is bigger and older than you. And she wears red lipstick.
The Spirit of Conversation:
Me: Ella, what do you want Santa to bring you this year?
Ella: A canopy.
Ethen (my four-year-old): A can of what?
Ella: A canopy.
Ethen: A can of PEE? <giggle>
Me: No potty talk. <Snort>
The Spirit of Supporting Our Troops:
Ella: I want to join the army.
Me: When did you decide that?
Ella: When I saw how much stuff they had there.
Me: What are you talking about?
Ella: At that place where they have tons of stuff. I really want to join there.
Me: Are you talking about the Salvation Army?
Ella: Yep. That’s it. Can I join?
The Spirit of Friendship:
Ella: Who is ‘Tot’ and where does she live?
Me: What? Who?
Ella: You know, that girl named Tot. I heard she gets tons of toys.
Me: You mean Toys for Tots?
Ella: Yes. Can you call her mom for a play date?
The Spirit of Health:
Ella: Mom, can we do yoga together?
Ella: Okay, just bend over and I’ll climb up on your back.
Me: Ummmm. What yoga pose is that?
Ella: The one where you carry me around the house until your legs fall off.
Ella: Come on, it will be good for you.