There hasn't been much of that around here lately. The squabbling has hit fever pitch. The girls are shrill. The boy, you know, that one, has been an obnox-i-teen on roids. Even the baby has been "on one"; he has ricocheted into the hitting phase, bonking and head-butting phase and the "steal eggs from the fridge and run away" phase -all at once (well, that last one is kinda' adorable). And I am not doing much better. My resolution to go a whole week without barking at Ethan lasted... count 'em... 18 hours. Oh, and I hurt my hubby's feelings today. I was in rare form.
Buy I really wanted to catch the Christmas spirit. You know, sneak up on it, jump it from behind, stuff it into a body bag and force it to hang out with us. So we made goodies. We made wreaths. We went elf-ing and looking at lights. I wanted our night to be sweet and happy and cheerful, and sometimes there were ooo's and aaah's at the pretty lights, but mostly there were tears and complaints, teasing and whining.
My eyes filled with tears. Twice.
When we got home I went to run late night shopping errands. I wandered the store with my list, apathetically looking at the decorations, not wanting to buy anything but coal.
Late last night after advent, I sat up online looking at the lovely wooden advent candle holders and nativities from Germany like the ones Kathy has. It was like I might be able to capture the magic of that night by setting the scene just right. I found a place to order the things I needed to make one, and placed my order.
By the time I woke up the next morning, I was having buyers regret. What was the point of buying all of that the week of Christmas, when it wouldn't even arrive until after? And I guess I knew that just having the pretty candles and wooden figures wouldn't change what was happening in my house.
I called the company. I asked if there were any way I could postpone my order until later. The sweet little lady on the phone said it was no problem. She kindly put my order on hold. I hung up the phone with relief.
You know, this morning when that nice lady let me cancel my order, I felt like I had been given a do-over.
While I was gone to the store tonight, an elf had come here.
Someone was thinking of our family.
It was a kindness that was both unexpected and so very generous.
Maybe tomorrow can be a do-over.