I was in charge of the family Christmas party this year. I'm happy to be able to say that in the past tense! It's not that I don't like Christmas (I do), and it's not that I don't like to plan things (I do), and it's not that I don't like my family (I really, really do!). It's just that it was a lot of work and I was on my feet all day yesterday and today I'm quite happy to hang out on the couch and recover. Poor couch. You missed me, didn't you?
We got home late from the party and didn't unload the vehicles, but went straight to bed. Or as straight-ish to bed as we can, which isn't actually very straight, so I'm all the more tired. Of course, my dad had an early - morning doctor's appointment I had to take him to today, but the vehicle was still full. Who schedules these appointments so early, anyway?? Oh right, I do. Gotta quit that.
And we still had boxes of table decorations and games and rolls of tape and a hot glue gun and bins of stuffed animals and soiled tablecloths and kid chairs and I don't know what else was back there but it wasn't safe. The vehicle had to be cleaned out before I could go.
I knew it would take me quite a while to haul all... that... into the house on my own. But the older boys were asleep and it would take even longer to wake them. I tried it anyway. "Boys!" I flipped on their bedroom light. "I need to take Opa to the doctor but the vehicle is still full. I need to leave in 10 minutes - could you help me unload it, please?"
Not expecting any response, I put my coat on and shoveled down the sidewalk. The first boy was out before I finished clearing a clear path my dad wouldn't slip on. Granted, he didn't have a coat or even shoes on, but I was so grateful he came.
In just a few minutes, I had all three of my big boys hauling boxes into the house. What would have been a time-consuming, arduous chore for me turned into a few quick loads for each of us, and then we were done.
I drove away on- schedule, leaving bare footprints in the driveway but bringing gratitude in my heart. See what wonderful things our family can do together that would be harder to do alone?
Thanks, boys. Yore mama loves you!