One Alice, Many Santas
December 28, 2012
About a week before Christmas, a few more penguins marched in to live in Antarctica on top of the refrigerator. (Note vase serving as glacial background.)
Thanks to friends John and Julian and Salli, plus her own expeditions to Goodwill, all these rescued penguins have found their Forever Home with Alice.
Then came flowers from her sister Lillian’s daughter, Shelley.
A few days after that, chocolates began to arrive, a giant emerald green box of Seroogy’s candies (hand-dipped) from Pearl’s daughters, Marty and Karen, all the way from frozen Wisconsin, home-made sweets from Thalia, and a box from Marushka, Portland chocolatiers, sent by Meg.
“Nothing but the best, I guess,” Alice said, bewildered but happy with her good fortune in the sweets department.
Next, fancy potions and lotions from Thalia, Katharine, and Joanne. All together, the stash looked like this:
“Not bad for an old lady,” Alice said.
On Christmas Eve she once again visited the home of Thalia and Mike, with its special decorations from Greece and other distant locations.
And other kinds of pretty:
Plus a golden tree to admire!
On Christmas day she put on her Goodwill Angora sweater with the flashy zipper and a green knit jacket. One of her favorite people stopped by to surprise her in the dining room while we were having dinner.
Ketzel gave her some unusual soap with a velvet cover (never to be removed) and instructed her in how to use it.
Then some Hanukkah gelt (basically more chocolate), never before seen by Alice:
Milo, aka Smilo, visited the apartment after dinner and immediately found Brio’s ball.
When her guests left, Alice opened her gifts from me.
And finally the perfume Alice started wearing way back in the 1960s and continues to put her faith in, even though you don’t see these seductive ads any more.
Thank you, Santas. She had herself a merry little Christmas, and she knows how lucky she is, and I know how lucky I am.
I hope your Christmas was just as swell. Best of the best to each and every one of you in 2013.