Friday, December 25, 2009

"Wake up, it's Christmas Morning!"

Just got off the phone with the Favorite Son whose gift was on the doorstep last night after I got home from the Christmas Eve service. Since I can use my Norwegian heritage as an excuse, I opened it the minute I got in the door, rather than wait till Christmas morning.

It was the most beautiful Pendleton blanket I think I've ever seen----very colorful, reversible, with a rainbow motif overlaid with the familiar Native imagery I love on one side, the other side black with the same imagery overlaid.

He has given me many treasured gifts over the years, one of my favorites being a little wooden shelf with a mirror made in shop class decades ago and another being a wooden plaque with the words "cherish love" carved into it. Another is a framed letter to me, on nice paper and in his handwriting:

"Dear Mom" he wrote, "I wanted to handwrite you a note to thank you for all the things you have done for me these past 31 11/12ths years. While many of my actions may seem self-focused, I always am reminded of the wonderful job you did instilling in me the values and morals of a person who takes personal responsibility. Thank you for all the love and support (both emotional and financial). (FDIL) and the kids send their love. I love you. (FS)

I think he gave me this on Mother's Day 2004, if my calculations are correct. And now this beautiful blanket, a Pendleton, invoking my memories of youth and horses and rodeo, with a rainbow woven in, underscoring the importance of our human diversity and a cause for which I have been working much of my life.

Favorite Son, you are the dearest person in my life and your wife and kids are right up there with you. I love you. Merry Christmas (and it's so cool that you liked the sushi basket! just wait till you see the Pendleton cookbook!).



Mile High Pixie said...

And Merry Xmas, Blessed Solstice, and Happy New Year to you and yours! We're having a white Xmas here in St. Louis, so it'll be safe driving and hot cocoa for all (and with just a splash of Crown Royal!). All the best to you and yours, Rev. Kit!!

ms. kitty said...

Thanks, Pixie! And all happiness to you and your dear ones as well. I'm glad you got there safely despite the storm and I trust you'll get home okay.

Joel Monka said...

God bless us, every one!

Miss Kitty said...

What a gorgeous blanket, and what a wonderful son you have, Ms. K! Hope your Christmas was filled with joy, meaning, and peace. (((hugs)))

Robin Edgar said...

That is a very nice blanket Ms. Kitty.

It looks like it has a solar cross or two in its Native American motifs.