Mamaw’s Surprises

“What in the world is wrong with Mamaw, and why is she sending everybody a one or two-word email every day that doesn’t make sense?” Son #1’s faith in his grandmother’s sanity was wavering, as he displayed loud drama over the phone. “Today it was ‘Fig Newtons.’ What is wrong with her?”

I laughed.

“Yesterday it was ‘Rice Cakes.’ The day before it was ‘Flashlight.’ I never know what to expect when I open my email.”

“What about the day it was ‘TRESemme Ultra Fine Mist’?”

“Or ‘Bird Seed.’ What has gotten into her?”

“You mean you really don’t know?”

“No, I don’t know. A few days ago it was ‘Pizza Cutter.’ What is wrong with her?”

“Your mamaw put up her little Christmas tree the day before Thanksgiving. She even bought new lights and strung them around it. She moved a rocking chair in the living room and she sits there and looks at the tree lights. Your Aunt Judi went to visit, hauling in upwards of twenty wrapped presents — just little things. She arranged them all around the tree, and every day until Christmas, Mamaw is supposed to open one. Just one gift. And she is supposed to email us and tell us what she got. And even though we are all far away, we can celebrate with her every single day.”

“Well, for crying out loud, I thought she had lost her mind.”

“Nope, she’s just including us all in her daily surprise. It’s the neatest thing I’ve ever heard of. I could never think to do anything like that.”

“Yeah, pizza cutter … really nice … rice cakes … a good thing …”

“Makes Christmas fun for everybody.”

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2 Comments on “Mamaw’s Surprises”

  1. corey says:

    I knew..

  2. inktarsia says:

    What a fun idea. All the things essentials a girl needs: birdseed, a flashlight and some hairspray. Rice cakes, after all the Fig Newtons. 🙂 Bet there’s some chocolate and emery boards still waiting to be unwrapped. Or maybe a new paring knife. Even more fun to think about the possibilities! Please post your 20 days of Christmas, after the flurry of unwrapping is done.


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