Friday, December 10, 2010

A Christmas Memory...

Good Morning Company Girls!

Rachel's suggestion this morning sent me waaaaaaaaaaay back in my memory banks.....I had to have been only 6 years old. I went to bed that night with visions of Santa and sugar plums dancing in my head...as well as a loose tooth! When I awoke the next morning, I discovered it was missing!! No longer in my mouth, not in the bed..no where to be found...it must have been swallowed...oh no! I immediately didn't feel very good, I remember having a stomach ache...knowing me it was most likely my brain working overtime.....when your only six it does give you a moment of panic to know you swallowed a tooth! My older sister went racing down the stairs to see what Santa had left under the tree...in our family, Santa gifts were never wrapped but just displayed under the tree...something I will admit to continuing with my kids...after all, Santa doesn't have the time to wrap gifts you know.....anyways, back to my story....


.....there I was, sitting on the toilet with this stomach ache...the bathroom in this very old house was directly across from the top of the stairs....my dad was sitting on the edge of the tub with his arm around me....sister dear came to the bottom of the stairs and started hollering, telling me what I got...dad, quickly shushed her....he didn't think it was fair that I was stuck in the bathroom while she was having all the fun! I remember, even at that young age...it wasn't my mom that stayed with me...(she was probably trying to keep younger brother from tearing the place apart)....it was my dad...I remember being pleased that he stayed with me til I felt better. When I finally got downstairs I was so excited....a brand new Betsey Wetsey doll...ya, you guessed it..you gave her a bottle and she wet her diaper....quite the new innovation for a doll 53 years ago! The only other thing I remember about that morning is that my sister wrecked the cellophane on the doll box getting to what she thought was her doll, only to have my mom tell her that the blond haired Betsey was mine and the brown haired one belonged to her....I remember not being thrilled over having a wrecked box!

....I guess what I'm saying is the best memory of that whole thing was my dad patiently waiting with this little girl in the bathroom....being ever so nice to me.....it made me feel special on that Christmas morning.

I pray that on this Christmas morning that each of you feel very special in some way....we all need that sometimes, don't we?

10 comments:

One More Equals Four said...

What a precious memory of your Daddy! I know it holds a special place in your heart this year! Thanks for sharing with us! Dolls, I guess, always have and always will be a popular gift. Mrs. Lea, told about a Chatty Cathy doll she got 50 years ago, today. She still has it! Have a great, drama free, weekend!

Cari Lin said...

I loved this story. It's kind of a rare treat read a tender story about a person's dad. Thanks for sharing it.

Kristan Anne said...

Such a sweet story. Thanks for sharing!

joyceandnorm said...

What a wonderful daddy!

Jen said...

I love this memory. So often we think it is what is in the box that will make the strongest memory, but more often then not, it is the people's thoughts and kind words during the season.

So good to hear this story!

Lea said...

Well, that is just so sweet and I can certainly understand why that meant a lot to you. Dads are usually not known for sitting with sick kids. :o)

Heavenly blessings to you! Thanks for stopping by!

Aiming4Simple said...

Thanks for sharing that special memory with us. I can imagine how sad you were not to be able to find your tooth, since that happened to my daughter this past summer.

Hearing about your dad's patience is a good reminder of how I can seek to give my children good memories, though which moments will have the greatest impact are not something we can predict.

redkathy said...

What a great story! Reminds me of a real life daddy's little girl story. Unwrapped gifts from Santa is obviously a great idea and tradition.

Kathleen T. Jaeger said...

I love this memory! I saw the Chatty Cathy doll story, too, and yours and remember the year I received a doll from my sister who had handmade the doll. For many weeks prior to Christmas there was a lot of hush, hush that I wasn't allowed to be a part of. I thought I was going to receive a stuffed Tiger. I remember not liking all the hush, hush and feeling left out. But the doll was lovely and I still have it. I have two daughters and only one real special doll so it will be difficult to know whom to give it to.

Thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting. I love where the name of your blog comes from!

LydiaCate said...

Wonderful memory! I love those!
Sure have missed visiting you! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Merry Christmas too!