Monday, December 12, 2011

A Life In Ornaments

Every year since my son was born, we take him to this gigantic Christmas store. They have animatronic holiday figures, a huge train set, pictures with Santa, the best peanut butter fudge in the world, and a gazillion ornaments for sale. Each year, Lil’ Guy picks out a new ornament for our tree. It’s an annual tradition (and way for me to get that peanut butter fudge IN MY FACE).

But, as I pulled out all the decorations this year, I realized it’s more than that. Each ornament is a snapshot in time. It represents what he loved at that age. And when I line them up in order, I can see the progression of his life in ornaments.

Elmo, Blue’s Clues, Bob the Builder, Rugrats, Darth Vader, baseball, the Red Sox, the Bruins, and—this year’s favorite—potty humor.

Holding each ornament brings a surge of memories from the various stages of his life. (I also have a habit of buying ornaments on vacation for this same reason. And, yes, I have many Disney ornaments. You know me.)

I don’t really write emotional posts on this blog, but I’m "feeling feelings" today so I thought I’d share that. And I also want to thank all of you for helping to make 2011 a year of amazing twists and turns for me. I appreciate everyone who has bought my book, or passed on the word, or commented on the blog, or retweeted one of my insane thoughts on Twitter, or been my friend when I needed one, or…any of a thousand things really. I appreciate you. I have a lot of fun chatting with you on Twitter/FB/here. Writing is a solitary sport, but you guys make my virtual water cooler SO MUCH FUN. So…

Happy Holidays to you and yours!
And I’ll see you back on the blog in the New Year. Specifically 1/3/12…


Peace Out.

Lil’ Guy - Year of the Elmo


  1. Aww... that's such a sweet representation of the lil guy! :)

  2. What a lovely snapshot of his development :) Happy holidays, Kim!

  3. Now I'm verklempt, darn you!


  4. I love the ornaments (this year's is hysterical!). We have many from different vacations too, and many Mickey-shaped ones as well. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  5. Yay for the Red Sox! :) That's really adorable!

  6. That's really cool!

  7. Thanks, you guys! Happy Holidays!