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My Christmas Wish — December 20, 2016

My Christmas Wish

It’s not for anything grand or sparkly or expensive. It’s not for unreasonable expectations of others or the failure of persons or things. It’s not for wealth or things, packages or dinners.

My Christmas wish is for love, compassion and outreach to those around us. Open the door for a stranger, say good morning, text someone you haven’t talked to or seen, show up on their front porch with a hug, post something silly on┬átheir Facebook page.

Social media makes it so easy to stay connected to one another, yet I rarely see people anymore. If we can at least let one another know we are thinking of them it might just make someone’s day a little brighter.

I ordered a few things on etsy, they aren’t for Christmas but I ordered during a time where everyone thinks things need to be done right now, that they are more important than the person before them and certainly after them. These shops had to post messages about how busy they are during the holiday season, that they are working around the clock to get things to folks and that if people are rude in emails they will cancel their orders. It made me really sad that people would lash out via email that something isn’t happening in the appropriate time.

I sent both vendors a note wishing them a Merry Christmas. That was it. Nothing more. I got a response back that the email made their day. Something so small, a gesture we give to family and friends given to a stranger, and someone I will never meet in person made their day.

So lets extend this to everyone we meet, but not just during the hectic holiday season, lets do this year round. Let people know there is light and love very present in a world that sometimes seems very dark and hard to maneuver. That even when we are heartbroken because of family goings on and politics and broken cars and never enough money that there will always be someone there with a kind word, a smile and perhaps a hug (if you’re a hugger) to shine a little light on those hard times.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, sending love and light to your world. And I hope you pass it on like wildfire ­čÖé

 

 

Overly emotional Mommy, party of me. — December 18, 2015

Overly emotional Mommy, party of me.

I have always been an emotional person. It’s gotten worse with becoming a mom and now being able to help in Leo’s class and seeing these HUGE leaps these kiddos are making daily, weekly, monthly and getting to see and experience the love his teachers have for the kids and us mommies and daddies it’s gotten a notch worse.

Worse isn’t the right word. My emotions for my children have grown. The steps forward and the growth in both of them makes me cry, the set backs and rough patches make me cry. And the same happens for the friends in Leos class. Some of them had a really rough start with preschool and the growth in language and friend skills, in coloring and singing in counting and direction following is amazing. They start the school year as little guys and gals, set in their own home routines and have their worlds rocked but in the most beautiful way.

These kiddos come from all kinds of family situations some with siblings some without, some spend lots of time with grandparents and some split time with their own parents. Some parents both work some are blessed like I am to learn with their kids. The one commonality they all have is when they enter Room #1 and the love that the teachers share with each and every child.

These teachers have been staying so upbeat and excited for the holiday season through illness and the excitement of 19 3 and 4 year olds. They taught them songs and poems and got them ready to sing for a whole cafeteria full of family members. And today all of the hard work and love shined so very bright when these beautiful children made their way to the stage.

I had a breath holding moment of fear before the curtain opened when I looked around at the amount of people that were in the audience. They had practiced every day on the stage but to an empty cafeteria. Today was THE day. How is Leo going to do with all of this? A year ago he probably would have tried to run away. Too loud, too many people, to bright. Not today.

The curtains open and all we hear is “WOAH LOOKIT ALL THE PEOPLE! HI MOM HI DAD HI MAX!!!” theres my guy. And I cried. No, I balled my eyes out.

I cried because of how great they all were doing sitting and singing, like little pros. I cried because of how hard we’ve worked with Leo to have confidence in any setting. I cried because he wasn’t scared. I cried because he’s such a big guy. I cried because I’m his mom and I am so proud of him, excited for everything he gets to experience that is brand new and because he is such an amazing kid.

So I cried, giant rolling tears. And my heart is so full.