In Mpls

I was one of the lucky ones — I got to the airport and I managed to fly out of Seattle on time. I’m at my brother’s house for the holidays.

I spent the day working, then went with my brother and his wife to see “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at the Children’s Theatre company tonight. We brought my grand-nephew Jack, who’s going to be 3 in a couple of weeks. The play, of course, was wonderful. CTC does such a good job with everything. Jack only made it through to intermission, but he was amazingly good for such an active little boy. He sat and watched and was quiet for 75 minutes. So I only got to see half the play, but that was better than none.

We came back to my brother’s place and had dinner and homemade ice cream, followed by giving Jack a bath and reading to him, then getting him quiet and settled before his mom came to pick him up.

There’s something amazing about kids discovering the world. We introduced Jack to maps tonight. He doesn’t quite get it yet, but the foundation is there. He has a younger sister, and he was in awe that his grandpa was my brother, that he’s the older brother, like Jack is the older brother. He had to ask about it a couple of times, making sure that he got it. I think he did.

I know that not everyone has good holidays. In this way, too, I am so lucky to have a wonderful, loving family, such warm memories of the past, and looking forward to building more.

I hope for each and every one of you that your holidays are as stress free as possible, that you’re able to celebrate regardless of your familial situation.

Comments (14)

  1. One of the best things about young children in the family is that you get to experience all the wonders of the world all over again, through a child’s eyes. Merry Christmas to you all!

    • It has been so much fun with those kids! One of the nicest things, though, is that they’re being raised as people, not as kids, being treated with respect and being reasoned with (when you can — they’re still kids.) It makes them so much better behaved. The emphasis on bad behavior vs. being bad is so important to their well being. I love being surrounded by such good examples of parenting. It makes their enjoyment and true abandon into the season amazing and wonderful and something I’ll cherish forever.

  2. One of the best things about young children in the family is that you get to experience all the wonders of the world all over again, through a child’s eyes. Merry Christmas to you all!

    • It has been so much fun with those kids! One of the nicest things, though, is that they’re being raised as people, not as kids, being treated with respect and being reasoned with (when you can — they’re still kids.) It makes them so much better behaved. The emphasis on bad behavior vs. being bad is so important to their well being. I love being surrounded by such good examples of parenting. It makes their enjoyment and true abandon into the season amazing and wonderful and something I’ll cherish forever.

    • Not this trip, I’m afraid — it’s really all about family time this week.

      HOWEVER — If things go according to plan, I will be here for the first full week of August. I’ll have to do day job during the day, but I’d like to make plans to get together with you and Jules and Sam if you’ll be around.

  3. I’m so glad you made it here safely — I know, truly I do, how crappy it was to fly this week. Best wishes to you and yours for the holiday —

    • Thank you! And to you and your family as well! I have to fly back on Monday — I really hope all the snow has melted in Seattle by then.

    • Not this trip, I’m afraid — it’s really all about family time this week.

      HOWEVER — If things go according to plan, I will be here for the first full week of August. I’ll have to do day job during the day, but I’d like to make plans to get together with you and Jules and Sam if you’ll be around.

  4. I’m so glad you made it here safely — I know, truly I do, how crappy it was to fly this week. Best wishes to you and yours for the holiday —

    • Thank you! And to you and your family as well! I have to fly back on Monday — I really hope all the snow has melted in Seattle by then.

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