this card arrived in the mail the other day.
my birthday is in january.
baby mac’s name was on the return address, so i figured she must have something to do with this, not to mention the “call me for an explanation” note sister J wrote on the back of the envelope…
me: sooooo, i got an interesting letter today.
sister J: oh my gosh. that was all baby mac. we were cleaning up some of the last remaining boxes [from the move] and she found a stack of hallmark cards. she saw that one and said, ‘send to abby?'”
me: *wonders why fuzzy golf cards and belated birthdays make baby mac think of me*
sister J: and then she wanted to get out the dot markers to decorate it. i let her do her thing and tried to stay out of it. i was very surprised when she refused to use her favorite purple marker. i asked her why and she said “abby no like purple.”
me: i have nothing against purple.
sister J: well, she knows sister E likes purple and i suppose only one person at a time can like a color, so in her head, you hate purple.
me: fair enough.
(side note: a few days after i got this card, sister J and baby mac were talking about colors again. when asked what my favorite color was, baby mac thought and thought and then said, “swedish fish!” well played, baby mac, well played. or should i say, well trained, aunt abby, well trained.)
sister J: did i even write anything in the card?
me: yes, you wrote her name and i love you. it’s super sweet.
sister J: and the best part was that she was SO EXCITED to take the letter to the mailbox. checking the mailbox and carrying in the mail is one of her favorite parts of the day, so she couldn’t wait to put something in it for a change.
her love of the mailbox was certainly infused in that card, as it made my checking of my mailbox the most exciting part of that day. i only wish i could be there to see her face when she finds the bright blue card i mailed to her.
in the meantime, i’m going to cherish this tangible element of the randomness of a kid’s brain.
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