Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Holiday Memory!

Here it is, another weekly assignment over at Mama Kat's place. I just love doing these and I actually anticipate them each week!

So, this weeks prompts are the following:

1.) my 10 biggest fears.

2.) When I'm upset...

3.) Weave a poem that contains all these lines (in no particular order): "I tie the ribbon in a foolish way", "the delicious fragility of this travesty", "where we still laugh and wish".

4.) Write about a memory related to a holiday.

I think this week I will pick two however, right now I choose..........#4!

Alright, a memory related to a holiday. Well, I have one that is oh so special to me. I can't actually remember the exact year but it was in the early 80's right after my mom and dad got back together. (Note: I just spoke with my mom on the phone and she said it was 1980). They had been divorced for 6 years. Those 6 years I guess were important years cause it was the first 6 years of my life. So, when my mom and dad got back together, I basically didn't know my mom. When she came to the house, you can just tell she was so happy and relieved to see my brother and I. The fact that she hadn't seen us in so long shall be saved for another blog. To this day though, my mom and I are like best friends. She is a very special person to me and I'm so sad for her that she had missed those years with us.

Anyway, I'm kind of getting off track here. So, that was the year my parents got back together. I'm thinking they wanted to do something special for Bobby and I considering it was the first Christmas together in so long. It was the night before Christmas (and all through the house..LOL!), both my mom and dad had stayed up all night while Bobby and I were in bed.

Using the fireplace, which is the length of the wall and at the time, it was made out of rock (covering the original brick). It basically had that 80's look to it. They had used a little candle holder that looked like a Santa sleigh with Santa sitting in the front. They had put a little white sack filled with marbles giving it the effect that it was filled with presents. As my dad video taped, using the old video cameras from that time, my mom had to move the little Santa sleigh a half-inch at a time and then duck, and after each movement and my mom ducking, my dad would record it. My mom did this, making it look like Santa was dropping presents into the stockings going back and forth on the mantle. By the time they were done, our stockings were overflowing. It took my mom and dad almost the whole night. My poor mom was so exhausted from lifting and ducking for hours too. The finished product was fantastic!!

I recently asked my parents about that video, wanting so bad for Sabrina to see it. My dad started to look for it but couldn't find it at the time. It'll take some digging but it's somewhere there. It's just that it's been many years since I've seen it and it would be so nice to bring back a wonderful holiday memory to share with my family. Something that I hope to share with my grandchildren as well.

NOTE: Go check out my new post doing another one of the prompts! :o)


Weeksie50 said...

Wow, what a wonderful memory. I sure hope that you find the video tape.. so that you can transfer it to DVD and keep forever..

jenn3 said...

What a great memory.

Brandy said...

What a wonderful keepsake that will be when they find the video!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...


Lex the mom said...

This is a truly wonderful story! I hope your dad can find that video. I'd love to have something like that for my own kids.

It's also excellent that your mom & dad were reunited after a good amount of time apart. Good for them & for you.

Mama's Losin' It said...

What an amazing story. I love that your mom came back to you...even if it took six years.

Linda said...

Oh my friend, if you find that video, I'd love to see it!