December 14, 2012

Merry Miss Much

I had just swept, and I'd just wiped the counter. I made noodles with olives because I thought it would be easy, in between decorating the tree and helping Carter with long division. But then I dropped an entire bowl onto the floor, and missed the garbage can when I went to throw it all away.

I'm going to miss it when our tree branches are no longer weighted down to the floor with three ornaments per branch and laminated reindeer heads with tiny school pictures.

It's so easy to forget. I know this because already I hold a ceramic blob made in art and I don't remember if it was Noah's or Carter's. The blue Hallmark Baby's First Christmas ornament... I can't recall whose first it was. I look at our tree, uneven and I suppose not exactly how I prefer it to look, but I imagine my mom, and my mother-in-law decorating their trees just so, how they like it. Perfect and without the assistance of small children. And I know all too soon that will be me someday. I already miss this.

I read Ira Sleeps Over to them before bed Again, in my best librarian storytime voice. Everything is special by Christmas-tree-light.

originally published 11.28.11


  1. I love this one.

    Our tree is a globby mess and I love it, too.

  2. I hope you had ingredients for another bowl...And I love my tree this year cause little hands decorated it.

  3. Ira Sleeps Over.. We have that upstairs somewhere. Haven't read it in ages...

    Our tree is still unbalanced with the ornaments, but not nearly as much as in years gone by. It's changing for my family. And I HAVE to adjust because I can't change time. But it kinda sucks. Royally.

  4. I love Ira Sleeps Over.

    That sucks you spilled twice. I would be so ragey.

  5. I long for the days where I don't have to constantly pick up, clean and tidy etc but I KNOW I will be so bored when those days come :)


  6. yes. i remember this from last year and i feel it this year, too.

  7. Yes. I'm hanging on to so much this year. I feel like it's all really fleeting.

  8. Everything is special by Christmas tree light. Such truth.

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