Dear Gifts of 2012,
Just a few short days ago, you filled the space underneath our beautiful Christmas tree. Now that the sound of paper tearing and the staccato gasps of surprise and joy have come and gone, so are the decorated boxes and bags that once teased and excited our hearts. As such, the barren space under the tree prompted me to think about blessings in the form of Gifts that cannot be wrapped and placed under a tree. Here is my #TopTen list of My Best Gifts of 2012.
10. The Gift of Favorite Blogs and Writers. 2012 is the year that I made real connections with a number of bloggers--some I am proud to consider as "blogging friends." These wonderful people whose words and photographs I read, reread, and cherish became a real part of my life. There are also some blogs that I follow religiously but quietly, and I am still grateful to be able to admire their contents from afar. I thank each and every one of them for allowing me to enjoy their work and learn from them. #BlogosphereRevere
9. The Gift of Teaching. After ten years of raising my own children, it's time to return to my old profession of teaching our children. This is the year I am making my way back into schools, first as a Chinese School Toddler Class teacher, and more recently, as a substitute in our school district. It's my calling, and I know it with every bone in my body. Once a teacher, always a #LifeLongLearner.
8. The Gift of Writing. Boy, did I write this year! Ninety-three posts here on Letters, to be exact (not counting the seventy-nine posts over at Promptly I Write). Many of these letters are just my own everyday musings of life as a mom, a wife, and an individual. But a few posts this year bled from my heart. A few of my favorites of 2012 are: Dear Field of Dreams (where I realized my dreams have come true on the real Field of Dreams in Iowa, better known as Heaven), Dear Bride-to-Be (where I wrote a letter to myself on the day of my wedding sixteen years ago), and Dear Labor and Delivery (where I witnessed the birth of my Dear Niece2--a life-changing experience that I will always hold dear to my heart). To be able to memorialize such important events and feelings in words is a process I cannot take for granted. #LifeLongPassion
7. The Gift of Reading. This year, we officially have four readers in our family. Dear Son has joined the Independently Reading Club. We found out he's reading one day when he casually read off the computer screen as we looked at a toy he wanted: "promotion period ends [date]" and "batteries not included." I was quite surprised at his reading ability
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5. The Gift of Technology. After 5 whole generations, we have finally boarded the iPhone Train. Better late than never. The kiddos also got acquainted with some iThing or Another from under that tree up there, and iMessage became the hottest thing in Our Residence. Texts and photos and requests and questions and answers have been exchanged, all under one roof and within feet of one another. But the best part? With DS' limited spelling capability, the rest of us received about eleventy hundred "I love yous" from him. #iSweetHeart
4. The Gift of Profound Entertainment. On Christmas Day, we went to see the movie Les Miserables in the theater. Having been a life-long lover of the Broadway musical, this was like sipping a top-notch aged red wine, but better. The music and lyrics alone made me weep like a baby, and the awesomeness of the actors just made the experience all the more exuberant. I know that having twenty more years of life experience since the first time I watched it on stage made this viewing that much more meaningful for me. #IDreamedADream
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2. The Gift of Readers/Followers. OMGoodness, I actually have followers on this blog. Sometimes I cannot believe it myself. I would call it a small following, but I appreciate anyone who would want to read what silly things I have to say. Recently, two of my friends actually told me personally that they read every single one of my posts. I think those two statements--aside from the obvious health and happiness of my family--were the grandest gifts I received this holiday season. I am pretty sure that they were not aware of how grateful I was of their sentiments. #ThankYouSoSoMuch
1. The Gift of the Year. As of this year, I am utterly and completely free from public restroom duties! (Picture me doing the Happy Dance a la Monica Geller--I have no shame.) Since five-year-old boys don't like to go into women's restrooms anymore, I can always eat my meals in peace, browse a store in serenity, and let DH deal with those splendid potty emergencies. #SmilingFromEarToEar
So, Dear Gifts of 2012, since you were not visible under the tree, I felt the need to point you out and take a moment to count my blessings. And by the looks of this list, I am truly very blessed.
(What gifts did 2012 bring you?)