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Monday, December 26, 2005
A SWING SET, 2 KING KONGS & A HEART ATTACK
My mother had a heart attack last Thursday. A mild one with no residual heart damage, which are blessings, but still ...
She actually suffered the attack right before my brother and sister-in-law picked her up for dinner. A short while later in the restaurant, my sister-in-law Nurse M knew something was wrong when my mother appeared "glazed, out of it."
My mother called me collect from the hospital on Friday, and Saturday Nurse G, Zappa and I went to visit her. She'll probably be going home in a day or two. Nurse M said that had my mother been alone that evening she would have died because she never would have had the chance to push her "alert button" when she collapsed. Thank God she was with Nurse M at the time.
Nothing like a heart attack scare to kickoff Christmas, heh? Did I mention I was sick last week? A nasty stomach bug. Oh yes, last week was interesting.
I have another reason that this Christmas will be especially memorable: Little H. He's 4+, and this was the first year that he was truly involved with Christmas and believing in Santa. He wrote Santa asking for a swing set, and Santa replied ... ;-) ... telling him he would see what he could do. Nurse G said that he immediately saw the boxed swing set on their back porch and announced to the entire neighborhood, "MOM! MOM! SANTA BROUGHT ME A SWING SET!"
Later that day he told everyone that he never heard Santa during the night. "I didn't even wake up when he came into my room and put candy in my shoes!"
His 3-yr-old cousin Little M (Zappa's youngest) was totally excited because he received TWO different kinds of King Kong: one that moves and roars and the other is a stuffed toy.
There is nothing like experiencing Christmas through the eyes of a child.
Speaking of Christmas ...
8 AnkleBiters wants to know, What Was Your Favorite Christmas Present?: Note that we're asking about your favorite "material" present, because we all know the real gift of Christmas is spending time with family and friends, seeing your kids eyes light up when they see that Santa left that one special present they wanted, and the religious observances. But we want to know what was the best of the "stuff" you got.
8 From Polly P.I., Ho Ho Ho!: I got a jug of egg nog. Although I kinda wish he'd stuck it in the fridge instead of under the tree because now it's kinda chunky. Not that I'm complaining, Santa...chunky nog is better than no nog at all.
8 Talk about giving! The munificent Miss Snark has fired up the crapometer and will be critiquing 106 synopsis written by writers who followed directions correctly. Tsk tsk tsk on those who didn’t. She's already posted quite a few.