Family (the 12/23 post)
Holidays are infinitely harder when your family lives distances that make easy travel a charming thought. Even more so when there is still a pandemic upon us no matter how much some want to make believe there is not. Even still, Joey was willing to take me to Michigan for the weekend had I said yes. Of course, with surgery on Tuesday, and my Covid test mandated for the 26th — it was pretty improbable a trip.
We did a Zoom tonight, Christmas caroling, but mainly signing (badly on my part) while Winter dangled her legs above her head on the couch between my parents. She started the call wanting to know if she could open the our gifts that UPS(anta) had dropped off earlier in the day after a sorting error made them quite possibly some of the most well traveled Legos to make their way to a Northern Michigan town.
I was grateful for the time, the singing, laughing, and frenzied dancing of an almost 7 year old on a Christmas-cookie-present high. Maybe that was one of the reasons that I acquiesced and let Winter open one of the presents. Knowing only one of the wrapped gifts were unrelated, that was the one we said to open. A kids make up kit. Over the wails of my mother threatening her revenge, Winter attacked the box of make up and slathered powder over her face, red lipstick, and then blue glitter eye shadow. Her watching tutorials by drag queens certainly evident as she noted there were no eyelashes or mascara to be found in the kit. We all took a moment of joy to imagine what Winter and eye lash glue could achieve and then said our good nights.
And it was a good night.
Song of the day: Supermodel, RuPaul