Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Christmas Gift

When my kids were born, I discovered my favorite job . . . mom. I was in my mid-30's and had always worked. But I didn't want to go back to a full time job, so I found ways to earn money creatively -- I made crafts which I sold to shops and at craft & Renaissance fairs, joined an antique co-op, rented antique mall spaces. When they started school I went back to librarianship on a part-time basis and threw myself into PTA, eventually becoming President at their elementary school. I spent a lot of time at their school and a lot of time with them!

My kids are now in their early 20's. They are both very independent, hang out with their friends, my son works a lot, my daughter lives at college . . . it's as it should be. I have been missing the time when we all lived together, especially their elementary school years. (
sigh) Today feels like someone rolled back the clock! For Christmas, we got them each a Kirby game for their Nintendo DS systems and right now they are on the couch playing a joint game, cheering, giggling like little kids, asking and answering about the game, and thoroughly engaged with each other.

The two of them playing together is my favorite gift, and getting to evesdrop is second fav.

Peace on Earth and in your homes, Goodwill to all men, women and children.
Merry Christmas.
~ Marilee

1 comment: said...

I did the same thing when my kids were growing up. Isn't nice to have flexiblity to be around when needed and not stuck in an office!

Happy New Year!