I’ve said it before but, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll say it again: time really is flying by stupidly quickly these days. I still stop to wonder, every now and again, just what it is that makes the hours, days, weeks and months rattle past quite so quickly.
It only seems like a couple of weeks since, this time last year, we had celebrated our little girl’s first birthday and had just enjoyed her first ‘proper’ Christmas. And now, in the blink of any eye, here we are again. Holly is two years old and we’re sitting in amongst a mess of new toys, strewn wrapping paper and an empty ‘Hello Kitty’ advent calendar to remind us that Christmas has definitely happened in the Bowman household.
The end of the year is an increasingly busy time for us these days. What with a spattering of incredibly important birthdays in the few weeks before Christmas, plus the onset of the festive period happening in (what seems like) August, there’s not much time to sit down and do very little.
But this year has seen a marked step up in the excitement levels brought on by the Christmas holidays. Holly’s birthday at the end of November provided us with a lovely occasion from which to jump start the festivities. For the first time Holly has begun to understand the importance, significance, meaning and pure joy of receiving presents. Just the mere mention of the word catapults her into spasms of glee, accompanied by much raucous hand clapping until said present has been delivered within arm’s length. As Holly is still only a tender two years, my husband and I decided that quantity rather than quality of presents was the best way to go this year, happy as she is with simply ripping the wrapping to pieces and proclaiming a wondrous ‘Wow’ to every present. The jubilation is incredibly short lived as each new toy or book is discarded just as quickly as it was opened to move on to the next. Thank goodness, at this time of her life, for the abundance of almost perfect toys and books in charity shops!
But the real joy, for me at least, has been the chance to watch my little lady gaze in wonder at the Christmas lights and decorations used to adorn many of the houses in our neighbourhood. Doubtless most of those lights will be taken down in the coming days, if they haven’t already been stowed until Christmas 2013, but for the few weeks surrounding this Christmas they’ve provided me and my little family with a great deal of satisfaction. Unused as she is to venturing outside once the sun has gone down, Holly has relished the chance to stride around our local streets and perch excitedly on many a garden wall to examine flashing Christmas trees, animated Santas and many a twinkling star decoration.
What a lovely way to round off another year and welcome in 2013 with its promise of more memories to make, milestones to reach and long-forgotten discoveries to rekindle through our daughter’s eyes.
Happy 2013 everyone!
by Helen Bowman © 2013
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