Ah, Christmas Eve, and all is done. Children (grandchildren) are in their beds, Riley dreaming of Christmas, and Jack just dreaming. A one year old is truly satisfied with the boxes and wrappings! But in spite of that, he has a few gifts under the tree.
Riley, at three, (alright, closer to four, in just a few short months) is absorbed by the build-up, the grown-ups’ expectations transmitted to her, and her own sense of something Big To Come. Now and then, in the midst of the craziness of the week before Christmas, she’s said, with all the seriousness of an ancient, “This is the best Christmas ever!” Well, who wouldn’t melt at that?
We’ve been here since Friday, coming down to Seattle a few days early to celebrate Jack’s first birthday on the 20th. Watching his big six-tooth smile, his early attempts at walking…he’s taking a step or two at a time and learning to stand and balance without support…and seeing his move from bottle to cup, from “baby” food to simple table food, I’m glad we have this time with him. By our next visit he’ll be more toddler than baby.
Riley is the grown-up big sister, learning to build with Duplo blocks, playing with her stable full of My Little Ponies, watching Disney movies. There’s only a couple of years between them, but she seems so big. Literally, she’s as tall as some five year olds. Jack is almost 30 pounds. Stephanie and Matt grow sturdy little people.
Well, you can’t go back in time, but you can go forward. My turn to have children staring up at the lights on the tree has ended. But through the magic of generations, I get to join in the fun again, watching Stephanie’s two. Life is sweet, balanced between the funny and the poignant.
And so we watch. We watch for Rudolph, and Santa, and wonder about the morning. We’ve got cinnamon rolls and sausage balls and Christmas coffee for the adults, and sugar plums for the little ones, snug upstairs. Come on, Santa. We’re ready!
7 thoughts on “Children are nestled”
Christmas is just better with little shining faces to share it with 🙂 MJ
This was Riley’s first year, at 3 1/2, to be really engaged…last year she was still a little unsure about the whole thing. And Jack is just a little extra joy added in! Aren’t we lucky, all of us “grands,” to see through their eyes?! ~ Sheila
Indeed we are 🙂 You are having such fun with them, I can tell- MJ
It’s the best Christmas EVER!…and so it is…because it’s the one today!…being with those little ones is such a wonderful feeling…I was with mine last night…and although bigger and getting older…that Christmas anticipation is still there!
Oh, that’s a great way to look at it…the best because it’s the one we’re living at the moment! I need to absorb more of that philosophy! Best to you for today and the rest of the holiday season! So glad you got to enjoy your special ones too! ~ Sheila
So well written, Sheila. Merry Christmas to you and your family; so happy that you’re spending time with those little ones!
Thank you Dianna! I know you’re time has been good with your family and friends as well! Merry Christmas and blessings for your new year! ~ Sheila