I should have seen it coming. I should have been prepared. Hindsight truly is 20/20.
But who would have thought that Pip's folks really would have let her down so bad this season?
I understand not having the cash for gifts. I really do. I don't even think that gifts are the best part of the holiday season. I much prefer to just spend time with loved ones. Still, in order to value that kind of a holiday, you have to be taught that the commercial aspects of the season are not the main thing. Big Sprout may have big dreams of all the great things she wants for x-mas, but she is always delighted with whatever we can manage and we make darn sure that the season is magical for her in other ways.
No child should be as disappointed as Pip was when she came over today. It broke my heart to hear that Santa "didn't bring much at all".
Being the sucker I am, I headed to the store and binged on the 50% off stuff at Wally World. So Pip was belatedly gifted with some totally frivolous, fun, and girly things from her Barefoot friends.
I just wish I would have been ready for it before she even got here. I wish I could have her with us all the time so that I could teach her about how special family can be, how fun it can be to just cuddle up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn, a bag of Twizzlers, and Rudolph on the TV. I want to take her for drives and show her the beautiful lights that people put up every year. I want to take her skating. I want to show her about catching "ice fish" and dodging the "snow sharks". I want to show her that it isn't about $$, it's about love.
I wonder if she knows about love. I wonder if anyone has ever told her how special she is. I wonder if anyone has ever taken time to really see her. Do they play games with her? Listen to her talk about her day?
I just don't know.