I have been sick with some supervirus since a week ago Friday. Spent most of the day last Sat. in bed, felt better enough to go to work on Monday, but by Monday night was totally down for the count. How can a person get sick during the busiest time of the year? But i did manage to get a little knitting done in between swigs of nyquil and squirts of Afrin. Four...yeah, count em...four churros. Three in Lornas Laces superwash and one in Paton's Decor (a solid and variagated combined). But now only 3 slippers and one fingerless mitt to go and the giftees are finished.
DH flew up to St. Mary's Alaska on Wednesday with the 50th anniversary of the AK AirNat'l Guard's Operation Santa Claus. This mission is a holiday tradition for our family and distributes toys and Christmas gifts to children in rural villages (not on the road system) all across Alaska. The celebration features Santa and Mrs. Claus, food, presents, and lots of singing. Cultural influences include the addition of Native Dancing and Drumming. One attendee remembers being an awestruck 9 year old with the first Operation Santa Claus. His story brought tears to everyone's eyes. It just shows you that the gift is in the giving, and you never know how far or for how long the ripples continue.
On Thursday I was missing the Lornas Laces camo-colored number. Look what was next to the couchhound in the dog's den! Do you think she was trying to tell me something?
And lastly, DD had her first high school dance-"the snowball"-Saturday night. She met a group of kids there. She was really really nervous. In her fancy dress,I can see glimpses of the woman she is becoming. When she got home, she was just vibrating and said that she'd never had such a good time. We talked the next day about it and she said she'd been really nervous because she'd never "danced" before with anyone except me and dad and she was afraid of looking like a dork. And she'd never slow danced with anyone and wasn't sure where/how to put her hands/arms..."but mom, it just all came together naturally and felt comfortable"..."and I just took my shoes off and got out on the dance floor with my friends and did what they did and it was a blast"....."i can't believe how hardly any of the guys would get up and dance"....and then "I'll probably be one of those girls who likes going out to parties to dance a lot when I get older"....
It was so special to see her and listen to her and relive a little of that lost magic from before we were all grownup.