I got the chance to check out Debbie Hodge's new and free Story Swoop!
I knew the perfect set of photos to use for this new story telling tool - I had taken a handful of photos today, created a photo collage using Google's free program Picasa, printed it out 8x8 and included it in my December Daily Album but left out the journaling and story! I figured the photos were self-explanatory. I'm so happy I added the story and it was easy!
Here's the story:
A bright sunny December day in Florida - not too hot, not to cold, just the right amount of coolness in the air to make a warm cozy blanket seem like the perfect annual office gift - I bought about twenty of them a few months ago in anticipation of this day - a perfect day for this annual job of mine - hand delivering the office gifts - and today I would get a helper.
I picked up Mac from school - just him - since his sister was in her after school science club. It was nice to have the time for just the two of us - a rare treat. It was the first time in a long time that the told me he had a good day today at school in the sixth grade - it has been a challenging year because of starting a new school, adjusting to a demanding homework schedule, and making new friends - maybe things are going to start to get easier for him - I hope.
Before heading out, we hit the book fair and I let him pick out whatever books he wanted: $50 bucks worth of books about geology and rocks, the Guinness Book of World Records; Wimpy Kid; River Monsters, etc. Money well spent.
I am participating in December Daily (a scrapbook album concept created by Ali Edwards) and I needed a photo or two for today so I shot a quick couple of selfies of me and my boy with my point and shoot Canon as we were delivering the office presents - Christmas blankets - to friends and business associates I have known since long before Mac was born - now Mac is almost as tall as I am.
I make the rounds of my referral sources every Christmas time - it is a time to catch up and to gossip a bit about who's having Christmas parties and who will or won't be there; a time to predict what kind of legislative changes we might see in the next year; and a time to catch up on a personal level.
Seeing Mac growing up just fills me with happy pride and I was more than happy to show him off to my friends. Mac may be having trouble with sixth grade but he does just fine in life - he is naturally helpful, smart and funny - people love him and his deep kindness shows through when he talks to people. He takes his job of carrying the blankets in to each office very seriously. He stands with me as I talk to business associates; he is respectful and patient. Watching and listening to him interact with my business friends is a special kind of warm, cozy and full of pride moment. I make mental note to savor these moments.
Mac loved how cozy and soft the blankets were - I gave one to each of the kids' teachers and then to each person on my list and, of course, one to Mac since he wanted one and he did such a good job of helping me today. He seemed especially delighted to get books and a blanket all in one day. It was fun to have a little company during this somewhat routine work duty of mine - Mac even wanted to keep going when I said we should call it a day.
Today was the warm fuzzy feeling of those blankets come to life - mixing my family with business - which is how family and business have always been for me - a combination of the two as I grew up in and around my father's and both grandfather's family businesses and have been in business with my husband for 17 years now. Family business is a way of life for me. Today with my son was kind of like a glimpse into the future, seeing my son in action with me - and later during our family bike ride, while Mac and his Daddy were having a friendly argument about bike brakes, and his Daddy commented "You ought to be a lawyer for as much as you enjoy arguing." I had to chuckle and call out "Well he does have two lawyers for parents and you should have seen him today."
I'm not sure I hope Mac will be a lawyer someday - maybe something with less arguing and more warm fuzzies like raising huskies might be more fun; but I do hope he has some sort of family business. No matter what Mac ends up doing when he grows up, I am certain that it will be something that will fill me with happy pride.