The holidays whizzed by – I didn’t manage to sit down and blog for weeks! This resulted in being quite behind in writing down mythankfulboy’s answers to advent questions. Starting with December 11th, which is out of order because I temporarily lost it so it didn’t make the previous blog’s list:
December 11: Name a time when you have been a helper. What did you do? “At Ferry Beach, I was assigned to help the little kids with using the instruments during music. Twas fun!” Yes, he wrote “twas”.
December 16: Name someone you’d like to get to know better in the coming year. “My dad. I feel like it is always just small talk and awkward between us.” Oof.
December 17: Talk about your favorite holiday memory. “Mine is when we went to Georgia when I was 10 or 11 and had a really fun time with all my relatives.” I said, “That’s it? What about the time the tree fell over, or when we went to DC and left the presents all over the place for Aunt Susan, or when Santa rolled out the scroll with your name on it and all the things you wished for?” He said, “Oh yeah! Those, too!”
December 18: If you could be a character from a book for one day, who would you want to be? “Harry Potter so I could zap people.”
December 19: Tell me a joke. Why is laughing good for you? “Knock knock! Who’s there? Interrupting cow! Interrupting cow wh-MOOO! Laughing is good because it is a form of exercise (spelled “exercize”) and improves your overall mood.”
December 20: This is the darkest night of the year. Do you like darkness? “I only like it for sleeping and gaming. Otherwise, I like it bright.”
December 21: After darkness, how can you welcome back the sun? “By saying hi to it!” Hardy har har.
December 22: What is food you like to share with others? “Vegetables, food that I don’t like, and food that I have a lot of. And candy.” Ask a question, get an answer, as my momma would say!
December 23: Name a gift you could give that would cost nothing. “A chore someone doesn’t like to do.”
December 24: What is the best gift you give to the world? “MY LOVE”. In person, he added, “Being good to the world by not killing it.” Arguable, but ok.
On the 24th we headed down South to see our family, where we saw Peepeye and Grandaddy and Nini (grandparents), J&J with W and M and B, LA&T with M (aunt, uncles, cousins), B&J and their extended brood of K&A with S&K, and S with Z, J&K, and L (great aunts and uncles and second and third cousins). The little one, 4 years old, followed B around like a puppy dog, much to his consternation (although he was good about it). It was odd to find that, of the five siblings of which my dad is the oldest, our annual Christmas Day gathering was down to only 2 (one missing because of weather).
We did our usual half-time with my momma (Peepeye) and half-time with my daddy and step-mother (and friend). Tornados happened across the South, with severe rain and flooding in our area. It was in the 70’s every day but the last. Weird. I asked B what his favorite part of the trip was, and he named each family member one by one, eyes lighting up anew with each set of names. I added that I thought our trip to the dam was my favorite (also the only sunny day). We saw a beaver make its way out of the incredibly tumultuous water just below the dam and up onto the rocky side; when we last saw it, it was heading to what looked like a dead end, but maybe it knew something we didn’t know. Hopefully.
And we did a virtual chalice every night of the trip, but last night, when we arrived home, we were just too tired, so I kissed him on the head and said goodnight. And goodnight Christmas. Despite the ornaments that still have to be taken down, the spirit of the season has dwindled, as it must to be fresh next year. Happy new year!