Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas with a grandson



I am obsessed with my collection of stitched and handmade ornaments. Have been for many, many years. All my family knows this. My daughter taught her friends over the years not to touch them on the tree.
I have several Chrismon ornaments that I made of glass gold and white beads and wire. One is a Star of David. Or rather it was a Star of David.
I had this ornament on my tree for several years. My daughter had a beautiful son, my first grandson named Trent. Trent was the first boy in our family for generations (I now have 2 grandsons, Trent and Craig. More on Craig later).
Trent loved to look at the lights on the tree when he was a baby. The second Christmas he was 1 1/2 years old and was walking. He toddled over to the Christmas tree and took that gold Star of David. The center of the star was of course, square. He promptly put it on his arm and wore it like a bracelet. My daughter gasped with fear when he did this. She tried to snatch it back from him, but much to her amazement, I said "oh how cute. Don't you dare take that from him". I thought she would faint. She said, mom, this is your handmade ornament and he is bending it. I just laughed and said, oh well!
We would put that ornament back on the tree each night and each day he would get it again and wear it like a bracelet. He didn't touch another ornament on the whole tree.
Next year, he did the same thing. Over and over he would go and get that one ornament. And wear it like a bracelet.
Now I don't have a picture of the ornament before Trent. But here is my perfectly pointed star, perfect square centered star of David after Trent. Amazing what a grandchild can do to your sense of what is important.

10 comments:

Sadie said...

What a beautiful story. I am really loving all your christmas tales.

Carolyn NC said...

How sweet - amazing how much we mellow out as we get older, too (& have grandchildren). I'm not there, but looking forward to it! Reminds me of all those Bill Cosby stories when his dad would willingly dole out money to the grandkids!

Rene la Frog said...

Cute story and I'm sure it makes the ornament even more special

Kathy said...

What a cute story. I do hope you have a photo of him wearing the ornament. That's one for the memory book. :) and one to embarass him with when he grows up. LOL

Penny said...

Some how when our grandkids become involved with the ornaments they take on a whole new meaning. That perfect Star of David will even be more perfect now with those wonderful memories attached.

Ashrei said...

What a precious memory for you to treasure!

kaghos said...

that story touch me so, no I don't have any grandkids to speck of what I'm saying is I gave up my son at birth, and last I heard he has a girl friend and they where buying a house together.

Sharon said...

How sweet and interesting in that he only went for that ornament.

Cindy F. said...

Now Donna, that had me teary! What a wonderful memory and what a beautiful ornament. And you are a most wonderful grandmother:)

Julie said...

What a lovely story - and I will guess that you wouldn't dream of trading in your Star of David for a new perfect one. That Star of David is truly your own now...