It was fun and festive, though drippy and gloomy outside, not crisp and Christmaslike. We raised our glasses in a toast, talked about Dad a little, remembering all the times we drove him in for this dinner......I could see him there in his gray wool sport coat and navy pants [which he ordered from a catalog and may have had Sis hem]. We shared appetizers including eggplant and grilled squid [Sis and Figgy had it in Greece and loved it], enjoyed our Italian entrees, from sage ravioli to seafood stew.
We capped it off with tiramisu, sorbet, cappuccino...H. had his favorite, that tiny cup of espresso with sambuca.
When I became a mother, Sis and Will became an aunt and uncle. I remember them coming to the hospital in NYC to see our newborn Figgy. I love to see them with Fig.....it means so much to me. You know, Figgy getting to know and love the people I've loved my whole life. They are good and kind to Figgy. Because I am the younger sister to Sis and Will, it also makes me feel like they're treating Figgy the way they treated me. I guess that sounds odd, but I feel like I'm looking through a window @ my own girlhood somehow. I think when I see them doting on Fig, I see how they have doted on me. And I see the qualities I love in them, as if to say, Figgy, isn't Uncle Will funny? Isn't Auntie so smart?
There's something so special about aunts and uncles. They're not with you on a daily basis, but they admire and love you and take pride in you. They cheer you on from afar. I cherish my own aunts and uncles and always have.
Will and Kelly generously lavished Figgy with long ropes of faux pearls, big rings, earrings...and an Amex gift card. She wants to buy a swimsuit @ Target for Florida--among other things.
- Boot camp.
- Walked Puff around block.
- Read a little of A Family Christmas, Caroline Kennedy's collection of Christmas stories and writings, and took a nap while rain drip-dripped outside. About to get into bed and read it again.
- "White Christmas" on the screen right now.
- Planning to make a list so I can calmly stay on course this week with all I have to do between work, shopping, baking, delivering, mailing and packing for trip.