One of the wonderful things about parenting is witnessing what our children are like in the world, how he/she blossoms with his/her own version of love. Friday evening I was privileged to witness such an act of love from Ellie to her Grandfather that I am in awe of her. Grandpa Don continues to grow stronger each day. He has been home from the hospital for about a week and a half. Ellie mentioned to me one night that in the time of crisis (which this is for Don and ourselves) people tend to just focus on the essential. But, she points out, it is the small joys that make life worth living.
Indeed Grandpa Don has Ethan at his house making sure that he can walk safely, that he remembers to eat and drink, that he takes his medicine. The holiday season is upon us and that was Grandma Eleanor's season. She worked in a green house and one of her chief duties was to put up and decorate all of the trees that displayed the ornaments, the lights, the bling. Some years there were upwards of 20+ trees that she would decorate; it often took an entire month to decorate them all. Then she lovingly picked out a real tree for herself and decorate it at home, as if it was the very first and most important one of the season.
Over the years Ellie went from watching her grandmother decorate the tree to helping her. This year Ellie has been in charge of decorating our and yesterday she put up and decorated a tree for Grandpa Don. It simply would not be Christmas at his house without one. So, after school Ellie and Kohlton picked out a small tree and took it to Grandpa Don's house. After we had a family meal together, I put the lights on the tree.
I include the videos below because they make me feel connected to some of the things we enjoyed when our kids were small. I hope you enjoy them, too.