I felt a little cranky this year when it came time to send Christmas cards. I usually like this part of the holiday preparations, but this year it just felt like one more thing to do. A responsibility of sorts that was compounded by wanting to enclose the perfect picture of my sweet baby girl so that people who had not yet met her could gaze upon her smiling, sweet self.
So, I trudged through and mailed about 60 Christmas cards to friends and family all across the country. I tried trimming the list back this year, but when it came right down to it, I could only bear to remove two or three names. I contemplated removing Jim Dewey from my list — he’s Jeff’s great uncle and he lives in California — because I’ve never met him and probably never will, and it seemed silly to keep sending this perfect stranger a card. (Jeff also hasn’t seen him in many, many years.) But, in the end, I decided to send one anyway since he’s family and all.
I’m so glad that I did. Yesterday, we got a card back from him with the sweetest note in it.
“Lorow Family: Adele Elizabeth’s charming picture arrived on a dark and rainy day, and it brought sunshine into my life. Congratulations! I should like to welcome her into the extended Dewey/Lorow family. Use the enclosed (a check for $25) in return for the pleasure her picture gave me.”
Seriously, this note totally made my day. The very thought of my sweet girl bringing sunshine into the life of a dear man all the way across the country warms my little heart.