Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Greatest Gifts

A $50 gift card for the bookstore. The Wire, Season 4 on DVD. A teddy bear for charity. Handmade Christmas cards from Arriel - sorry, Arrielle - and Athaniel. Seeing my niece knitting on Christmas Eve. Telling my elder nephew for the millionth time that no, we can’t play Monopoly. Watching my younger nephew try to fit himself into the box his Christmas presents came in.

Feeling happy. Enjoying quiet time with a good book (Craig McDonald’s HEAD GAMES). An e-mail from a friend. A great photo from Russel.

In the midst of the craziness, of the commercial rush, the shopping and competing and piling on the credit cards to the point of breaking the very best thing about this year has been the quiet, and the reminders about what really matters.

After weeks of feeling lost inside myself really being able to write again. And being able to forgive.

It’s the wrong holiday, and it’s unlike the usual over-the-top comedy of a Munsch story, but it’s so well done. LOVE YOU FOREVER by Robert Munsch.


Anonymous said...

WOW... that video brought tears to my eyes. And it's one of my favourite Munsch books.

Good to hear you had a happy Christmas.

Wishing you a properous New Year.

With Aloha,
Susan Flemming

Sandra Ruttan said...

Happy holidays to you Susan. It's a beautiful Munsch book. One I can't read out loud, because it's such a tear-jerker, and they don't even have the complete ending on this video. I can't even look at it in bookstores.

Reminds me of A Tale of Three Trees, which I have around here somewhere. Can't read that without crying either.

Eileen said...

There is no better Christmas than a good book, a hot cup of tea and the quiet company of those we love.

Chocolate isn't bad either

pattinase (abbott) said...

Well that provoked a real cry. Not just tears.

DesLily said...

good to hear you had a smashing Christmas Sandra! and may 2008 be the best year so far for you and your family.