Tuesday, December 18, 2007

In the Spirit of Christmas

Today: Sylvia, lacking all of her usual sparkle and spunk, nestled into her fuzzy orange blanket on the couch. She threw up and rested alternately.


I left the room to wash out the throw-up bowl. When I returned, I saw that Eleanor had written a love note to Sylvia, using her finest Best Guess Spelling. She affixed it to the couch with transparent packing tape, lest a strong wind arise and blow away the message.


Amid the pungent smell of barf, I gathered up this moment like a gleaner collecting grain.

I treasured it and pondered it in my heart.

15 comments:

Kendra Joy said...

How touching! I hope Sylvia feels better soon! I'm sure with a loving note from her sister, she will. :)

bgirl said...

miss sylvia - feel better.
miss eleanor - pretty tender for the big sis of a barfing girl! and wow...pretty fantastic handwriting!

painted maypole said...

very sweet. hope sylvia is well soon, and no one else catches it.

slouching mom said...

oh, poor sylvia. she looks so sad.

and what a sweet sister she has!

Little Monkies said...

I see those big, sad sick eyes. And I know E's kind heart. Love to you all!

wheelsonthebus said...

And your sister? How is she?

Emily R

Seattle Mamacita said...

what a caring big sis...get better sylvia. Hope your sister is well too I keep thinking about her and wishing her the best.

Bon said...

poor wee one.

but what a lovely sister Eleanor is. (and like Emily i've been wondering about your sister too...)

Ally said...

Emily & Monica, thanks for asking about my sis. It was a ruptured appendix that was plaguing her, it had been ruptured for about three weeks, they're guessing. So her body had formed a wall of absesses in order to prevent the spread of infection (smart body, that!) but part of it attacked her colon, too. So after having all the gunk and half her colon removed, she's doing much better. Her baby is doing just great and has not tried to come out early. Thanks everyone for you kind words, thoughts, and prayers for her!

Lori said...

Oh... I hope she is feeling much better by now.

Big J once wrote Little T a "get well" card when they were young. I saved it. I knew I would always want to remember his pure act of kindness. I'm glad I did. It has restored my faith on more than one occasion.

Julie Pippert said...

Poor Sylvia, but oh my word, what a sweet letter Eleanor wrote.

Julie
Using My Words

jen said...

i so hate little child puking. it breaks my heart.

but ooof on the sister joy.

Worker Mommy said...

Oh that picture of Sylvia...poor baby! But how cute is it that Eleanor tried to cheer her up with a letter.
I love it when my kids do wonderful things like that for one another.

Happy New Year!

Jenn said...

Not much worse than that sound, and not much more precious than that letter.

Pate Family said...

Oh Allyson! How fun to find your blog. It is going to be fun to look though your archives to peek in on your life. What darling munchkins you have. I can't quite get over this picture of Sylvia-she is darling and just looks like you and Alicia. Did you picture this life, as the mother of three, when you were in High School? I didn't- my expectations were not high enough on the one hand, on the other I had no idea how many bottoms and noses I would be wiping. Please tell your husband and sister I said hi. I was praying for her during her trauma-the M-F communication lines were open. So glad she and the baby are okay. Looking forward to your blog...Tiffany