Monday June 09th 2014, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Family,Life

It totally caught me by surprise. I had forgotten all about it.

I was cleaning and organizing and there, hidden away towards the day was the Christmas present. Now, it’s a family joke that I hide them so well that I find the smaller ones especially throughout the year after people were supposed to get them, but this one. Tears leaped into my eyes–I did not expect that. Stop that.

But it staggered me a moment. I had ordered it for Michelle, wondering if she would like it, if it would be too Mom, but it seemed such a useful little thing.

It was, basically, a lunch bag. In the form of a small canvas tote, insulated, offwhite with blue handles, a mini-me of my then-knitting bag (before The Purse that I got for Christmas). She’d had issues with the cafeteria at work via staff who didn’t get that allergic to dairy means butter, cheese, milk, every possible form and that yes just a little bit does matter. The safest thing was for her simply to bring her own, and so, very often she did. An insulated bag would make it easier and I’d thought this one was cute without being cutesy.

It came.

And I think it was the very next day

I looked at that little tote and it hit me all over again how deeply grateful I am that my daughter is still alive and I once again said a prayer for all the others, the families, the other injured, the dead, the cops and the firemen who had had to see it all.

Last week she finally was able to begin to work again. Part time. From home. The commute would be bad enough, driving home after sitting for hours too much, but oh, at long last, as she’s so much wanted, she has started to begin again.

Hey kiddo it’s yours, you want this thing?

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Glad your daughter’s able to get back into her work routine. (Let us know what kiddo thinks of your taste in totes.) In forgotten Christmas present stories, our family has a joke about globes. Every Christmas my father threatened us all we would be getting was a globe because when he was little HE got a globe. Only his parents had forgotten they hid a sled in the basement and didn’t find it until after all the snow had melted in the spring.

Comment by LynnM 06.10.14 @ 12:18 am

Adding my prayers to yours!

How does she feel about the present? 🙂

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 06.10.14 @ 10:39 am

No coincidences. The timing is right, eh?

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