Thank you for making my Christmas. The Christmas doormat is great (but no one's allowed to wipe his feet on it). The reindeer ornament? Too cute. And John's gingerbread house? Well, you teachers must have the patience of Job and a one very washable work area. My friend Rachel and I were oohhing and aahhing over our sons' creations.
Yes, both John and Ainsley produced the mother-lode of Christmas crafts this year. Wreaths and bookmarks and ornaments and a host of other items that came wrapped and ready for Christmas morning. I squealed when I saw the wreath that Ainsley made.
John made a Santa wall hanging that reads:
Look very closely and you will seeI read it and cried. Yes, I cried. The hand print art gets me every time. Mother's Day, Christmas, Valentine's Day -- if it involves a hand print and some over-the-top cheesy sentiment typed by the teacher, I fairly swoon.
That Santa's beard was made by me
Hang this Santa on the wall
To remember when my hands were small.
Christmas morning I opened a bag with yet another little ornament -- a tiny wrapped box with a tag that read:
I took an ordinary boxI bawled my eyes out. We have it on video.
As empty as can be
I filled it with a special gift
And wrapped it carefully
But please don't ever open it
Just leave the ribbon tied
And hold it tightly near your heart
Because ... my love for you is inside!
You captured a slice of four-year-old John, a slice I will save and treasure. Thank you!