Emma has been writing stories to give as Christmas presents to a couple of special people in her life. It is an exhausting process for her and one that takes a great deal of time. As the person who is witnessing and encouraging her to keep going, it is always revelatory. Her gift to me is her ongoing commitment to keep showing up for the hard work that is required of her to communicate in ways most people consider most important, with words. However as I sit with her I am increasingly aware of how much, those of us who are talkers, often miss. Because of my daughter, I have a heightened appreciation for the beauty of silence words seek to fill.
I cannot quote anything from the amazing stories Emma has written for family members, as they are gifts to be given tonight and tomorrow. But I can quote this, which Em wrote in response to my question – “Tell me one thing about Christmas?”
Emma wrote, “Christmas means love and family.” (This, from an eleven year old.)
There is nothing more to say.
Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate and for everyone else, may you experience love and family, in whatever way those words may mean for you this holiday season.