The other day I was lamenting to Scott that T. could really have used a little sister--maybe just two years apart in age; someone she could play with, someone who would fill in the gaps (or chasms, as the case may be at times) in her relationship with her brother.
"That's not a reason to have another child," he pointed out which, of course, is the ethically responsible viewpoint. And I know he's right, but if I could custom-order, or conjure up a four- or five-year old little sister for T. I sometimes think I would, in an instant. I also know that T. loves her brother, despite all she puts up with--and it can be a lot most of the time. She can be older than her years when it comes to understanding L., and patient beyond belief, and she is the eternal optimist. I am continually amazed by her character, and her outlook--so much so that one time I told Scott "when I grow up, I want to be just like T."
Of course, she is still a six-year old girl, and a little sister, and she still makes holiday ornaments like this one:
But she's thankful for him, and I know he is for her, and that's what counts.
T. loves to decorate for the holidays, and she feels very strongly that Thanksgiving is an under-appreciated holiday. When we put away our Halloween decorations last weekend, T. wanted to decorate for Thanksgiving, but sadly we don't have a ton of Thanksgiving decorations. We have a ceramic pumpkin, and the laminated placements both kids made in preschool, and we always have a bowl of gourds and/or pumpkins around. This year, T. asked if we could make some new Thanksgiving decorations. I had shown her this beautiful, but labor-intensive garland I found through my blogging friend Omaha Mama and T. and I decided to compromise by making our own "thankful" paper leaves, adding glass beads, and acorns, and attaching them all to small wreaths for table decorations.
We traced leaves on orange and red paper and then cut out the shapes. T. and I wrote what we're thankful for on the leaves, and we saved some leaves for L. and Scott (they were at math tutoring while we did most of the project).
I used a glue gun to attach the leaves to the wreaths, and then we added the few acorns from our yard, the glass beads, and a few real leaves as well.
What I love about Thanksgiving decorations is that the beauty is in the simplicity of them, unlike Christmas decorations that sometimes can be flashy and over-stated. Thanksgiving is all about the simplest of things, after all--giving thanks.
Is that so complicated?