The mailbox has been filled with catalogues. My first clue that commercialism at Christmastime is alive and well.
Most are thrown away. Because I’m all about saving the environment. But I’ve noticed that any and all catalogues featuring anything toy in nature are squirreled away by 3 children immediately upon entering the house.
Then I notice small heads bent over them in concentration. With washable marker in hand, they circle their heart’s desires. And so that no mistake is made, a name is scribbled alongside the object of their affection.
Then these well worn catalogues are left dog-eared, laying around in conspicuous locales throughout the house.
Normally, anything left laying around gets filed in the circular file. However, noting the time of year and all, I leave the catalogues where their owner’s left them.
Emme and Cailey are partial to dolls, their accessories, and the mansions designed to house them. I take special interest in the doll section as well. And hold fast to these fleeting moments before the teenage years. Because I know I will greatly miss the doll era. I played with my Barbies until I was 12. And stopped only because of peer pressure.
Jensen has made his wishes known by exclaiming the Little Einstein franchise, the bestest toys ever made. He’s partial to Rocket, Leo, June, Quincey, and Annie. In that order. I watched him joyfully explain what he wanted for Christmas to an elderly lady that happened to ask him the question.
And I marveled at how far he’s come in the last year. How we can actually go into a public store, and he no longer screams, or runs away from me. I smiled as he conveyed his love for Rocket and pals, his blue eyes dancing, and little body acting out his words.
That’s my Christmas present.
The other day, Emme wanted once again to make sure that I had her list straight in my head. Then she added, “But Mom, what I really want are braces and glasses.”
My first born daughter wants to be a nerd.
If she asks for a pocket protector, I’m afraid I’ll have to arrange some sort of Christmas Wish List intervention.
What’s at the top of your kid’s wish list?