Thursday, January 2, 2014
Soup bowl, quilt, more
I loved all my Christmas gifts.
They ranged from shirts and pants and gloves to some Alabama Crimson Tide football memorabilia.
But perhaps one of the smallest and one of the least expensive truly grabbed my attention.
It was a soup bowl which also included a side attachment for crackers.
When I eat soup, I eat lots of crackers.
I crumble up crackers and put them in my soup – no matter what kind of soup – and then I place more crackers in the bowl on top of the soup. I also carry the pack of crackers with me to the table and add more as I eat.
I put crackers in other things sometimes, too – like chicken and dumplings.
My youngest daughter, Erin, apparently spotted the unique bowl when shopping with her mother and her first thought was “the perfect gift for Daddy.”
I didn’t realize she realized how many crackers I eat with my soup. But I’m thankful that she’s so observant.
Pam’s big gift wasn’t under the tree for unwrapping. It was already in operation – a new dishwasher.
For our two oldest children, Emma and Andy, they too purchased most of their gifts ahead of time – clothes.
My son has taken a liking to bow ties – one of those college kicks, I guess. Come to find out, bow ties aren’t easy to find these days. But Santa came through in the clutch.
A portion of Emma’s Christmas gift was getting “Bernie,” the nickname she has given to her red Blazer, ready for her to drive back to Arlington, Texas.
She has taken to the airways to and from a few times since moving there last August for her work with Mission Arlington, but this time decided she wanted “Bernie.” It got her through high school and four years of college – to and from Hattiesburg numerous times. Hopefully, it will survive some road trips to Texas and back, too.
Erin, who will be 12 years old January 1, got clothes, too, plus some new things to try on the Wii, and much more. The youngest always get the most, and that’s OK.
An early Christmas present is one I’ve been using most every night I find time to rest on the couch and watch a ball game.
The South Reporter staff gave me a sports quilt, made by staff member Linda Jones. It, of course, is largely covered with Roll Tide fabric. And they all signed it, too.
It’s beautiful and warm – one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.
Thanks to good times with family and friends, it was a terrific Christmas.
Next up is a new year, 2014. Here’s hoping it’s a good one for all of us. From the Burleson family, Happy New Year!
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