At 4am Friday morning, standing bleary-eyed under florescent lights in the secret Christmas gift hiding place of their home, Satie’s dad proudly showed off the mountainous haul of presents he had just acquired to Satie’s sleepy mom. He had been out all night, from 9pm Thursday, waiting and planning and hunting and calculating to the penny, all so that he could give the very best Christmas morning experience possible to his little baby girl.
Throughout the night, he thought of his own parents, how they had happily traversed the same gauntlet of commercial holiday madness for him when he was young, and he was thankful. The experience of parenthood is all of the things that he thought it would be, and much much more. It is just as life-altering, and more. It is just as difficult, and more. It is just as joyful, and more! Above all else this season of thanksgiving, Satie’s dad is thankful that being a father was part of the plan for his life.
Satie and her family wish you the happiest Thanksgiving season, and hope that you take time to reflect on the blessings of your own parents and children.
Little Satie is becoming more and more interested in all aspects of her surroundings. She frequently takes the time to study the minutest details of a toy or a book, quietly studying the item with a fierce concentration.
This week she discovered the wonder of nesting dolls. The first set she encountered was a set of five. She smiled and studied the odd-looking wooden doll, but was not prepared for the surprise inside.
When the first doll was opened to reveal the smaller doll within, she gasped and looked at her mum in absolute amazement. The revelation of each subsequent doll elicited a giggle, combined with a handclap, and an exclamation of “Yay!!”
Watching her with the set of ten dolls was even more amusing, as they are both larger and subsequently smaller than the set of five.
With the larger set, she knew what to expect, and yet was completely taken aback by smallest doll and its one inch stature. This whole set earned a hearty “yay!” and handclap after each doll was opened.
Each day her parents are allowed the privilege of seeing and learning about the world through her point of view and it truly is a delightful place to be.
Satie is not a fan of business trips.
When Satie’s dad had to leave her behind to go on a 4-day business trip, it was quickly discovered that many parts of daily life felt awfully different without him around. From the face she saw first in the morning, to the arms that carried her to bed at night, Satie struggled to cope with her new routine. While ecstatic to have so much uninterrupted attention from her mom, Satie felt that something was wrong, and would frequently roam around the house looking in all of the normal places for “Diggy” to be. Often, she could be found resting her head against the door to the garage, intermittently slapping at the door and saying “DAA DAA DAAAAA!”
Though they kept in touch through daily phone calls and pictures sent by text message, Satie spiraled deeper into despondency as the days went on, and even lost her ability to sleep at night. Satie’s mom tried everything to distract and comfort her distraught little girl, and they had fun swimming, reading, dancing, laughing and visiting family, but it wasn’t until the night of reunion with Satie’s dad that all three of them slept through the night and found their happiness again.
The next evening, Satie and her dad sang and jumped and played and high-fived so frequently and so fervently that Satie was giggling herself right off her feet. Little Satie and her entire happy family agree that being together as a unit just makes life more fun.