11 Things I Learned in December

by Abby on December 31, 2013

Christmas snow globeI’m back! Did you miss me? Aw, shucks… Well, let’s dive right in then, shall we? I can’t even remember how or when I found Emily Freeman’s blog, Chatting at the Sky. Since she’s a writer and a mother, like me, chances are high that someone forwarded me a post they thought I might like and I did. I like lots of her posts and it’s mainly because of that intangible and elusive quality that stymies so many writers: voice. I find Emily’s voice peaceful and positive and just the right amount of funny.

This is all a long wind-up to say that I’m participating in her monthly “Things I Learned” link-up, where she invites other bloggers to join her in sharing what they learned each month. Originally I was thinking I’d do a funny riff on “The 12 Days of Christmas” but that would take some effort and this guy already did it better. “11 Things I Learned” sounds more manageable, as I sit here with a sick husband and 2 kids who’ve had way too much togetherness over Christmas break.

So here we go:

1. Just because you think your child is old enough to know better, does not mean he is old enough to know better. Specifically, that snow globes are not edible. Or not to stick candy canes up his nose.

2. This one comes from our pediatrician: if someone swallowed glass, you’d know it. Because they would be screaming bloody murder and clutching their throat and writhing in pain. (My son was not.) Good to know, right?

3. Kids are resilient. They can chew on glass (my kid), throw up right before Christmas dinner (my kid), and break their ankle riding their new tricycle in the basement (my nephew) and still be just fine.

4. A preschool Christmas pageant can include kids picking their noses, sticking their hands down their pants, and tussling in the second row during “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and still be sweet and touching. (No pun intended.)

5. Gratitude comes easier to kids than adults. Something I’ve seen in action. Even if they do complain about not getting that taser or live hedgehog they asked Santa for.

6. The key to happy holidays for me is keeping my expectations low. We avoided the ER, got our usual ghetto tree from the drugstore parking lot, and I got a pretty necklace from my husband. A very Merry Christmas in my book!

7. Just because you were a good ice skater 20 years ago does not mean you are still a good ice skater, particularly when you’re wearing ill-fitting rental skates and you have 2 kids pulling on you on a crowded ice rink. Right, honey? (File this one under “Things My Husband Learned in December”)

8. I can take a break when I need to and the world won’t end.

9. I miss writing regularly when I don’t do it for awhile.

10. I still can’t work at coffee shops. (Some lessons you just have to keep on learning till they stick.)

11. Charlie Brown holiday specials are awesome. I’m so glad my kids think so, too. Because they are downstairs watching “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!” and I can write this post.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!Happy New Year, all! Wishing you a healthy, happy, life-lesson-filled 2014!

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Lou Mello December 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Yes, we missed you and it sounds like you had a very interesting December, glad all made it through mostly unscathed. A Very Happy New Year to you.


Abby January 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

Thanks, Lou – Happy New Year to you too!


Kathleen Basi January 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

#1, illustrated: specifically, that exercise balls do not react well to the points of scissors.


Abby January 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

Oh, boy – I would imagine not!


Kathy at kissing the frog January 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

I would have loved to see #4!! Glad #2 turned out okay. Happy new year!


Abby January 3, 2014 at 9:58 am

It was footage for AFV, for sure. 🙂 Happy New Year, Kathy!


Angie Mizzell January 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I missed you! I’m glad to know about the glass, and how to tell if they actually swallowed it. Cate took the top off an glass ornament and stuck her thumb in the hole. When I tried to pull it off, she screamed and screamed. Then I realized that there was a tiny shard of glass digging into her thumb. Nice job mom. But that girl is tough as nails. The remedy was one bandaid and no stitches.


Abby January 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

Yikes, Angie! Glad she’s a tough cookie. Glass really scares me because it’s everywhere and basically invisible when it shatters.


Julie January 2, 2014 at 12:12 am

9 = agreed. 10 = never going to try. Enjoyed finding your blog from Emily’s place!


Abby January 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

Hi, Julie – Thanks for stopping by!


jetts31 January 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I hope Santa brought you guys a triage kit and a login to WebMD.


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