I want to give you a few items I want for Christmas... I want a nook, iPad 2, soft blanket, new backpack, craft supplies. And I would like hope for my family! How is Rudolf? Can you make my Christmas a very good one? Can you put me in a good position for my brother's 2nd and my cousin's 1st Christmas? How is Mrs. Claus? So, I hope you have a good Christmas. I love you! And have a good time delivering presents!
My 9 year old wrote this letter during her after school class. I was reading it out loud as we walked outside, poking fun about her copying what I wanted for Christmas. We were laughing as I started the italicized sentence, and the moment the words left my tongue, my heart was in my gut; and I felt the tears coming. I held it together because my girl is kinda on the drama side and flips when I cry. As we drove to our house, I asked what hope would look like to her.
She said, "Hope is where we would have more food, be better, and um... the cat would actually poop in his box. And trains wouldn't get in our way in the morning.
I cried laughed. And then explained my tears of pride and pain and growth, and things they don't have words for yet.
From the mouth of babes.