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Topic: Parent (11/16/06)
TITLE: Little Things
By Bella Louise
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When I was about seven or eight, the present under the tree for me was a Cabbage Patch Kid doll. She came with long brown hair and a badly painted startled expression, and the message on the box said that her name was Louann Helen. She was my first new toy (my presents were often hand-me-downs) and I did not care that I was supposed to be too old for dolls. From that moment, I loved Louann dearly. When I got bullied at school, I would come home and tell her all about it. If I were learning to bake biscuits, she would sit on the counter with me and watch. I used to read her stories and give her lessons and I even introduced her to my one school friend (who, unfortunately, was male, wealthy, and had received a Sony Playstation that year, so failed to see the significance).
By the time the next Christmas rolled around, Louann and I were firm friends. I left the mince pies and Baileys for Father Christmas on the plate in the living room, tucked my doll into bed next to me, and then we both attempted to sleep. Christmas is probably my favourite day of the year, even now, and I invariably do not fall asleep for hours. When eventually I opened my eyes very early the next morning, it was to find not one, but two stockings hung over the edge of my bed-a large adult sized stocking and an ankle sock. The ankle sock read “To Louann, from Father Christmas.”
At that age, I still believed firmly in Father Christmas. I ran into my parents’ room shrieking at them to look, and they both seemed very surprised. I’m sure I received wonderful presents the next day, but I cannot remember what they were. What I remember is waking up to find that somebody had remembered what mattered to me.
Being a parent means knowing that the little things are what matter.
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