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Right Around “Horseshoe Bend”

I loved our “Christmas Breakfast”  together!… My brother, Eddie actually began this tradition… He would call all of us … that being three sisters/husbands, another brother/wife and Mom… Dad had passed years before this tradition started…or he would have loved it!… Eddie would have a place picked out for all of us to meet… date and time set… His favorite and first place we met was “The Overlook Restaurant” in Leavenworth, Indiana  … This was not a fancy place… but, good home cooking… sitting on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River… it was quaint and unique… Found by one of his many drives to view pretty scenery in small rural towns… This breakfast trip was always better when a few snowflakes were skittering around as we drove over the Ohio River to reach our destination from Louisville… The reservation had been made and our table would be ready… able to sit together at one long table… the smell of hot coffee wafting in the air… mingled with smells of pancakes, eggs, bacon , ham and homemade biscuits… The waitress was very attentive… keeping the pots of coffee full that sat on the table for refills … and there were many!… We would peek out the window at the beautiful Ohio River meandering around Horseshoe Bend  right below us… We would laugh, talk, tell tales, take pictures and of course eat like it was the best breakfast we had ever encountered!… My brother would then disappear for a few minutes to arrive back at our table playing as “Santa Claus… Eddie would have all of us a small hand-picked gift of special cookies, candy or picture he had made copies of… This was his time to shine!… He loved giving… and we loved this time of togetherness… We left waving… hugging… having that special love in our hearts of being family… How wonderful is that!

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“Santa, Can I Wrap Your Presents?”

I actually learned to wrap presents  from my brother, Eddie… I was quite young… Nine, I guess…I watched him take such care in wrapping a record player for my now Sister-in-law, Jeanette …Yes, a record player with speakers…no CD‘s , no tapes … just the vinyl black disks that had the hole in the middle… Remember 78’s, 45’s and 33’s? … I watched everything he did… because he always took such care in whatever he was doing… I watched him pick just the right wrapping paper and ribbon … cut it to just fit… fold the corners just so… all even… and then the finishing touch of a pretty bow… A present anyone would be so happy to receive! … Ever since then, I wanted to wrap all of the presents… no one ever complained…”I wonder why?”… So here I am starting to wrap my Christmas presents…I choose the paper and ribbons the year before… all from the clearance shelves after the Holidays … so I am ready to go… This year I chose the cutest wrapping paper with a light blue background… retro drawn ladies in festive Christmas green and red dresses… holding onto their purchases of Holiday shopping bags and of course their purse… white snowflakes falling around them …They seem so happy …like most women at this time of year… on a mission… to cover everyone on their list … I usually add a little ornament, special tag or flower to the bow … I have to confess using a few “bags” but, I love a wrapped present … and please!… no stick on bows… I use to wrap everything all at one time… and then suffering from a backache afterwards… Now, I wrap a little every other night… I can’t sit and wrap or do most anything that way… I have more control over the situation if I stand… so I do!… I have been complimented on my present wrapping… which is so nice… hearing, “I hate to open it, it’s so pretty!” … I think the wrapping part is like part of the gift… even a small present seems so much more if dressed up in a pretty package… As I wrap a gift for someone I think of that person… I believe it can be good therapy… I’ve always said, “I want a job at Christmas in the Mall wrapping gifts” … Maybe I’ll try that next year… I have enough of my own to do this year… Santa and his Elves  would probably be envious of my handiwork!

“Squeals of Delight!”

I’ve figured out something about Holidays …Without children ...they just aren’t as much fun!… The twinkle we see in the eyes of children … How their smiles just emerge and light their faces … The excitement in their voices… That magical giggle that radiates from their throats … That unreserved motion in their bodies… as if they just can’t be still … The joy as they express without any reservations as to what they expect …be it a certain costume at Halloween… “I’m going to be a …!” , as they demonstrate the sounds or look of the creature they want to be…  be it a dessert of Thanksgiving… “I just love pumpkin pie with cool whip”!  … as they almost lick their lips telling you about it… be it a special toy they’ve been looking at in the Christmas Catalog … because if you’re a good little girl or boy… Santa   will bring you what you have wished for… Children jump and hop almost as much as the Easter Bunny in anticipation of finding an Easter Basket full of candies or maybe a stuffed fuzzy bunny to snuggle up to … There will be hearts drawn on everything… pink and red …with “I LOVE YOU!”   printed on most of them… Valentine’s made from cut out red or pink construction paper with white doilies glued behind them… The prettiest things they have ever seen as their hands clap and touch their faces… Leprechauns have nothing on kids as they dance a jig and make green shamrocks for good luck… St.Patrick’s Day is indeed magical to them!… Summer vacation brings squeals of happiness as they jump into the swimming pool for the first time  … shivering, but, never admitting they are cold… Even that first day of school… shopping for those new pencils, red, green and blue folders and colorful crayons just waiting to be opened and used for the first time… It seems if we would look at children…we would realize their joy can always remain within us … Just smile, giggle, dance , shiver, clap, hop, make something pretty and even squeal with delight 

It may be contagious!

“My Kids!”…
It started in August… first day of school… Happy faces for the most part … getting off the school buses… in our case, the little buses … for Special Ed kids … As soon as you saw them, you had to smileso sweet… so friendly… so chatty…and so enthused to be at school…Here they would busy, go places and get lots of attention!… so they were excited!… It spilled over onto us… Of course within about two months… Halloween arrived… we would dress in costumes… make Jack-o-lantern cakes in our Bake Shop and have games and activities … They loved it! … Showing it by wanting us to paint their faces, talk of costumes and pumpkin patch field trips… enjoyed by all!… Thanksgiving was a busy time in our Bake Shop…with Pumpkin and Pecan pies being baked…and the smells wafting through the halls …Talk of turkeys and eating dinner at their Grandparents…What a joy watching them describe what they did… Christmas of course was time for a break…but, not before decorating a tree , talking of all the ways different people celebrated this special time, musical concerts… and our Holiday Bazaar… The anticipation of being off from school and a visit from Santa … A winter time delight … Valentine’s Day brought out the pink, red and white construction paper with heart-shaped patterns and decorations… Small Conversation Heart shaped candies  were found everywhere…reading what each one said… The fun as they expressed their like for a certain student…very typical!… March brought out the Leprechaun’s and green shamrockspots of gold were talked bout and rainbow’s  drawn on every piece of paper they could find… We discussed how the colors of the rainbow were called, ROY G BIVred, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and we taught it like it was new for all of us…. April brought Spring, the Easter Bunny and candy being brought to school and found in their desks… just hoping no melted Bunnies would be found… School ended with the anticipation of summer and fun-filled, sunny days… Smiles becoming more contagious as we all were ready for a break… A few squeals of delight could be heard as students and teachers left at that time I told you it could be contagious!