Kat’s Christmas wish

This will be one of my first family Christmases after getting back with Natalie, but I’m afraid my concern is less about the holiday and more about presents.

Yes, presents.

Natalie is generous to a fault, and often we will fight over her spending too much money. Before the baby comes, we’ll have to find a compromise because I refuse to spend hundreds of dollars on a hand-carved bassinet the baby will only use for a few weeks! My brother and sister-in-law used a pulled-out dresser drawer for their twin newborns, and it didn’t do anyone harm.

But gifts, yes. Every year Natalie and her family hosts a wonderful Christmas, and I get to tag along. Last year we cooked up a terrific feast, and Mama Jane nearly popped a blood vessel as she grinned every day.

It was a wonderful holiday, but there’s a part of Christmas I never like.

Yes, thinking of my dad makes it hard, but in all honesty I barely knew him when he was alive. Each year, I try to remember him but can only picture his vacant, drooling face parked in a wheelchair at the nursing home. He was too old for children by the time I came around.

My mom, I miss more. She’d be the one to scream, but she’d also slip me treats in the kitchen in between serving my dad and brothers and the hired help, when we could afford them. We weren’t fancy, but a slice of my mom’s cornbread could take away my sullenness at getting stuck with the enormous pile of dishes every meal time.

I miss my parents, but these days my life has gotten so full with Natalie and school and even my detested work. A year ago, I didn’t know if we would stay together. Today, we’re discussing things like health insurance and pediatricians for the baby.

I don’t know how I got this lucky, but I am thankful every day.

Except.

Christmas gifts.

Last year, Natalie gave me a hairbrush she’s used to terrorize me for the entire year. Sassiness–but she considers everything sassy!–attitude, laziness, and whatever else she deems misbehavior all get “corrected” with the hated brush. I’m a quick learner, but she still finds reasons to use that blasted thing. I’ve begged her to put the awful brush away, but she chuckles and says I’ve never been happier or better behaved.

Maybe. But it hurts!

She even gave me a spanking with it last week, just because. She said I’d been stressed and not taking care of myself, and she would see to it I got a good night’s sleep.

Maybe I slept like a baby that night, but that doesn’t mean I liked it. I didn’t like crying as she brought that horrid thing down time and time again, and I didn’t like sniffling into my pillow as she rubbed my back. I did like waking up with the most delicious sense of refreshment the next day, but I didn’t like the constant reminders any time I tried to sit down.

I’ve learned in the past year that Natalie’s house is where I want to stay, and that this is my family. I’ve learned she knows what is best for me.

But can’t she put that brush away?

If I could make one wish this Christmas, it would be this:

Forget the presents.

Just let Natalie lose the hairbrush.

Please, Mrs. Claus?

 

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17 thoughts on “Kat’s Christmas wish

  1. This is so sweet…all the memories of Kat’s two families and her wish.

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  3. Cassie says:

    Oh Kat sweetie, please, please keep me in mind if this works. Just in case give me Ms. Claus’ address.

  4. catrouble says:

    Oh yes Kat…I am sending lots of positive energy that Nat loses that darn brush! Mrs. C…adding my request to Kat’s!

    Hugs and Blessings…
    Cat

  5. quiet sara says:

    In my experience if you lose an implement the HOH just buys a bigger one. πŸ™‚ lol

  6. robskatie says:

    I think that that is a very appropriate Christmas wish, Kat!!! πŸ™‚ Wood is certainly bad! Surely Mrs. Claus can help you out there? Right, Mrs. Claus??? Many hugs,

    ❀ Katie

  7. I agree that hairbrushes are evil….just be careful because bath brushes are worse honey! You do not want to trade one evil implement for something even worse!

  8. Roz says:

    Awe such a sweet post. Hairbrushes are evil and even more evil is, giving someone a present they are going to be spanked with. I think Kat deserves a break Mrs C πŸ™‚ Besides, she also has a heart of gold and is trying really hard πŸ™‚

    Hugs,
    Roz

  9. Julie says:

    Hi Kat!

    I hope you don’t mind, but I sent a letter to Mrs. Claus on your behalf. Don’t worry, though, I didn’t tell her the wish came from you. I was afraid she – or Mr. Mrs. Claus if he heard about it – might think it was a naughty request. We both know it’s not, of course – hairbrushes are awful, and Natalie can be SO unfair. But since I sent the letter without asking you first I didn’t want to risk having you wake up to a bundle of switches Christmas morning.

    Oh, and please, PLEASE don’t tell anyone I used the u word.

    Hugs!!

  10. laurellasky says:

    I would accidentally throw the hairbrush into the fireplace or stick it in a hot oven. After all accidents do happen. Good luck.

  11. Lynn says:

    So dud Kat get her Christmas Wish then Ana?

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