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Flashback Friday — Tree-rific

It’s strange this year to begin the holiday stuff without Catherine to help — or at least supervise the effort.

After returning her to Hofstra last Sunday, Basil and I set to work getting the outdoor decorations arranged. It’s clear that the oversized candy canes and family of deer are on borrowed time, 15 years of winter weather having taken their toll.

No matter. The little guy next door couldn’t wait to see them. He ran all over the yard, index finger outstretched, calling to his dad to “look, look!” And then tried to ride the deer!

Tomorrow we will traipse down to the congregational church to choose our tree, hoping to buy before they run out. We’ll leave the decorating for Catherine’s return home, however.

Earlier this week, I caught some of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” another tradition that feels a little hollow without Catherine next to me on the couch helping to recite the dialogue.

Like the Peanuts gang, our tree will be of the Charlie Brown variety, continuing another long family tradition.

Which brings me to this week’s flashback — 1979. I was 13 and for reasons I can’t quite remember (Mom, a little help?) we had perhaps one of the saddest trees ever.

Just look at it.

Behold, 1979's saddest tree ever.

Behold, the saddest tree ever.

For reasons I also don’t remember, it seems I decorated the sucker solo, or at least the photo album would have you think so. …

In elf mode. Stop laughing at the flannel shirt.

In elf mode. Stop laughing at the flannel shirt.

… Except for the special touches at the end that only Mom was allowed to do.

Fixing my work.

Fixing my work.

In the end — natch — it turned out fine. It just needed a little love.

Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve, 1979. Resplendent in plaid. Tree looks pretty good, too. 😉

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About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.

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2 thoughts on “Flashback Friday — Tree-rific

  1. So nice 🙂

    Posted by Birgitta | December 9, 2014, 9:50 am
  2. Tree was probably the result of “Mr. Patience” not wanting to wait any longer for us to pick out the perfect tree so he grabbed one from the discard pile, bought it, tied it to the roof of the car, and that was that!

    I’m wondering if Traci may have been sick…..probably wrapped in a blanket on the couch watching us. Looonnnng time ago! 🌲

    Posted by murphyslaw | December 5, 2014, 4:50 pm

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