Every morning there are crows in our Ilwaco yard—lots of them. I like them because they are funny, smart (supposedly as smart as a dog) and they eat the grubs in the grass that will end up being annoying crane flies, which I do not like. We’ve never had a satisfactory name for our house by the sea and so one morning I lit on the notion of calling our house Crow Cottage. In all honesty I like the alliteration, too. Because I have two artist sons, this Christmas I put a sign saying “Crow Cottage” on my Christmas list. We draw names and my fingers were crossed that one of them would get my name.
I was pleased beyond words when I opened my gifts from eldest son Joshua at our family celebration. Besides the first two seasons of Downton Abbey, there was the wished for sign. It was exactly as I envisioned and even better because he made the background a soft purple, my favorite color. I actually wanted it for the outside of the house, but this one had been done in paint that won’t stand up to the weather. “No matter,” my best friend said when she saw it, “You need it in the kitchen where you can see it all the time.” She proceeded to climb on a chair and hang it above a doorway. My birthday is in February and I’m going to hint for an identical sign done in weather resistant paint.
There is one other gift that touched me and that one was a total surprise. My youngest was asleep when I went to work the day of his departure so along about the time I knew that Joshua had deposited Nadir and my husband Dave at SeaTac to fly back to CA and AZ respectively, I texted Nadi that I was sorry to have missed hugging him goodbye. In truth, I could have wakened him, but I am sure I would have cried which distresses him and why while I pick him up when he arrives; I no longer take him to the airport when he leaves. He responded that he’d left a little something extra under the tree when I left. I found it and put it into the car with other Christmas goodies and gifts to take to Ilwaco with my daughter and me. Christmas morning I was delighted to open a beautiful copy of The Prophet. I have all of Gibran’s works including two copies of The Prophet and while I give away a lot of books, I don’t share Gibran. This copy, instead of being illustrated with Gibran’s sepia drawings, is graced in color illustrations done in a Persian style. While Gibran was Lebanese, these illustrations evoke more of that part of the world and probably caught Nadir’s eye because he is half Persian himself. This will be a treasure of the rest of my life not only because it is beautiful, but because it was unexpected and from a most beloved son.
This Christmas has been totally different from Christmases of the past, but Santa found Amy—she was concerned that he might not—we’ve had Christmas company and lots of wonderful meals. By this time next year Dave’s sojourn in AZ will be over and he will be celebrating the holidays with us and we all look forward to that.