I found the energy and gumption to put up the tree tonight.
I kept thinking about how I had to make sure
that the dog didn’t eat any of the metal hangers
or she would be on the brink of death again.
and the awe on their faces as they began decorating.
So much life and energy and happiness
surrounded us on those special occasions.
and all my memories.
and prepare for the cooking day on Friday with Alyssa.
That will be my favorite time of the holidays!
Cooking with Alyssa could often be a television show
because of the similarities to the
chocolate factory episode with Lucille Ball.
Yes, it is a blast to cook with Alyssa.
to enjoy my daughter again this year.
Having come so close to losing her,
I will always be even more grateful for the times
we spend together.