Monthly Archives: December 2008


A couple of weeks ago, Tyler and some of his classmates were asked to read on the school’s morning news show. His class had collected coats for “Coats for Kids,” and had written notes to put in the pockets of the coats. The kids read their notes on-air.

Tyler’s note said, “I hope this coat keeps you all warm. Love, Tyler.”

He was way too excited to be on TV.

After he read his note, he hammed it up in fine style – waving, making faces, and generally being That Kid.

I don’t know why I’m surprised. This is the same child who got in trouble for doing the Worm during instructional time.

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O Tannenbaum

Christmas is going to be rough. Neither Jason nor I have our children with us on Christmas Day (we did last year and will next year, never fear!). Rationally, I don’t know why it bothers me so much. I’m a grown-up, right? Rationally, I should be fine with this. It’s Just Another Day, Really.

My first Christmas after college, when I was a newspaper reporter in Panama City, I had to work Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas, so I couldn’t go home. I sat in my apartment and watched a “Trading Spaces” marathon (hey, it was 2002) and cooked a little bit. And it was Just Another Day. But this is different.

Jason and I are going to my mom’s house for Christmas, and my brother is flying down from New York. When my father was alive, he would deck the halls. Anything that would stand still was covered in tinsel or shiny balls. The man LOVED Christmas. My mom refuses to decorate. And this is her first Christmas without her mother (my grandmother) around to tell us what to do celebrate with us.

Let me revise my first statement: Christmas Day is going to be rough. The whole season won’t be ruined by one day. How can it be, when I still get moments like this:

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