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!).
Posted by Lilylou at 8:53 AM