Dear family, friends, and strangers,
I reflect on 2014 and its many life changers.
Last new year’s was spent with my head in the bowl
But not due to shots at the local watering hole.
I had a bun in the oven and six weeks of morning sick.
Come summer we expected a new Dornadic.
Fatter and fatter I grew
staying away from meats, cheese, and any kind of brew.
Giant belly, swollen feet, and a bloody bumhole
Waddling around, counting down to the big arrival.
Until one day in August, the doc said, “We’ve got to get that sucker out.”
After lots of poking and coaxing, and a little (ok, big) shout
There she was, a skinny screaming pup, with long hands and feet.
Dark brown hair, blue eyes, we were so excited to meet.
The family said congrats, dressed in their best
Then promptly headed to Santa Barbara for a wedding love fest.
We brought her home, and as she lay on our bed, a tight screaming ball
We looked at each other, eyes wide, and giggled, “Now what, doll?”
Sure enough, she kept us guessing,
Is she eating, sleeping, pooping enough??? We were obsessing.
Then French people came and invaded our home.
Well-meaning grandparents, armed with baby clothes, oils, and tome.
Then it was all bavoirs, tétines, coucous, doudous.
Est-ce qu’elle mange, dort, fait caca bien???
Et puis, au revoir et à bientôt, merci, de rien.
Back to 4am feedings
And just when I thought, I can’t do this, enough is enough
She looked square in the eye and smiled at us.
And with that, the heart melted, OK, she’s a keeper.
Happy holidays to you and your Santa believers!
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So that’s where my original letter ended, but then my friend sent this response and I had to include it because it’s so splendid:
Just read your sweet xmas letter.
Things will sometimes be down and then get better.
And so take note, these little munchkins of ours are smarter than you think.
Just when you are at wit’s end and on the brink,
They turn around and give you a wink.
Our hearts melt and are overjoyed,
Till two months later and the next mental leap that leaves us destroyed.*
It’s definitely a journey like no other I’ve found.
Seeing them turn into real people is way better than being round.
*Originally “annoyed” she changed it to “destroyed.” I think this says a lot but I’m no Freud.