‘twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house…
Ender: Moooom! Can we go to Babi’s yet? Is it Christmas yet? Do I have to brush my hair? Can I just wear a hat? Can we go…
All the creatures were stirring, and making a fuss
Sean: Jaaaane? Did we buy a present for my mom? And my sister? And her new-in-laws? And do we have any wrapping paper or scotch tape or…
The stockings were precariously attached to the tack board with push pins…
Flora: Moooom! I just realized I never made a card for Moxie, and I’m out of good green markers, and green is her favourite colour, and we need to go to the store and get me new markers RIGHT! NOW!
In the vain hope that this year, Santa would remember to put something there…*
Cinder: Mooom! Cookies! We never made those special cookies I wanted to make. Remember? Florentines? You said we could. And you said it was easy. Do we have time? Do we have the ingredients?
The children were running around like chickens with their heads cut off…**
While visions of presents-food-cookies-Christmas-is-tomorrow-we-can’t-wait! danced in their heads
Ender: Can this day just end, so we can have Christmas? Can you put me to bed now? I’m tired. It’s dark.
Flora: That’s because it’s still morning, doofus!
Jane: Do not call your brother names!
I’m trying to settle my brain for the season, but there is so much clamour, without much good reason…
Sean: Jane? Tape?
Cinder: Mom? Cookies?
Flora: Please? Can you take me to the store?
Ender: I. Want. To. Go. To. Bed!
Cinder: She’s not here.
Flora: Where did she go?
Flora: Oh, no her laptop’s gone too. Do you think she’ll come back?
I’m in the bathroom, the bathtub, with lights off and curtain drawn
Typing so very quietly, pretending I’m not home…
But I always come back. I’ll leave this dark space. Put on pretty clothes, maybe make up my face (probably not)
Brush Wolf Child’s hair. Braid the girl’s too. Argue with Cinder that ‘tis an occasion for a shirt without skulls and blood on it (or maybe not)
Give Sean the tape. Say,
Jane: Um, no, I didn’t get anyone presents this year, you know how I feel about that, and this year, yeah, I just decided to really walk the talk…
…just to get his heart pounding…
Ha. That will be FUN. Ok, no, just terribly, terribly mean.
Jane: In the office! Under the “to-be-shredded” boxes!***
My mom sent me this meme for Christmas:
I hope all of you get a unicorn for Christmas. I want mine to be green, with silver hoofs. And filled with dark chocolate (Chili or ginger).
It’s almost over. We almost made it!
Merry Whatmacallit. See you in 2015.
*That’s not, by the way, an expression of my grinchiness. The stockings are just not part of my cultural tradition. And I never think to get anything to put in there. Ugh. What a make work project.
***For Christmas, Sean needs a shredding service. OK, Santa? Thanks. J.