it's been one of those months where grains of sand have gathered into a dust storm and just for good measure the calendar threw in a holiday.
i don't know about your holidays, but ours tend to create secrecy, chaos, tears, food fit for kings, and eating until even the largest tent still feels twelve sizes too small.
this year was no exception. the feast prepared could have fed two more familys, their dogs, their cats, and anything else that happened to be living under or on top of their roof.
and today when i was cleaning up after this feast i was feeling like i'd hosted all of them - and the entire contents of their barn too...
still, holidays (for various reasons) aren't my favorite time of year. so, though it was a wonderful day with more than excellent company and such a huge feast that i still can't button my pants, i wasn't feeling very thankful for any of it.
not in the least - just paint me green and call me Grinch.
so, there i was muttering as i was vacuuming food from the floor when i spotted a handful of rubber bands shaped like dinosaurs and three rudoulph the red nosed reindeer figures tucked into a safe hiding spot behind the sofa.
and almost as though it was their intent, they made me grin.
now, in case someone should forget this hiding spot before they return, i shut off the vacuum and bent down to pick them up. when i did, i noticed something odd about the photo of myself that sits on the shelf next to the sofa.
it didn't look right somehow. but, when i stood with the retrieved toys and took another look at it straight on it was fine.
odd i thought.
i must investigate further.
so, with dinosaur rubber bands and rudolph toys still in one hand, i picked the photo off the shelf and brought it closer with the other.
indeed, something was very odd.
three dimensional and glittery even.
but only when i tipped it at the precise angle could i see it. so i tipped it to and fro until i finally realized what it was.
and when i did, my grin became a full on smile...
there across my smiling face was a small, but perfectly placed, graham cracker crumb studded lip print.
a kiss from a tiny tornado who loves her grama all the way from "A (bcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy) to Z" and as "big as my hands and feet can stretch and even further"
a reminder that i am indeed blessed and that i would fare much better during the holidays remembering that.