Arm knitted so much my hands are numb.
Baked so much my handes are burned.
And subjected myself to one too many nights of chanukah.
8 too much ;)
At one such a dinner, of latkes and jelly donuts.
Yeah, I went there.
I was asked, why on earth, I am buying my kiddos.
Because "back in my day, we didn't buy gifts for kids."
Well, my teachers did.
And I still have them.
But that's beside the point.
I bought gifts for my kids because:
1.) I don't know what it's like to be homeless.
2.) Or live in a hotel with 7 people.
3.) Or go hungry.
4.) Or not know if there will be enough food for everyone in your family.
5.) I've never waited for DCF to clear my foster home of abuse allegations
6.) I've never been sexually abused.
7.) My mothers did not die of a drug overdose.
8.) I don't know what it's like to have your older brother drop out of school because of drugs.
9.) I don't know what it's like to have your mom abandon you and move to Florida...er...I mean to say, I don't know what it's like at 8.
10.) I don't have a mom who is drug dealer.
11.) Or ones who don't have time to take care of me...er...now.
12.) I know what it's like to have parents who don't know what's best.
13.) I know what it's like to not be seen.
14.) And never quite feel like enough.
You ever try to stuff your entire LIFE in a 3/4 full of a trash bag?
Didn't think so.
And if some books, and socks, and box of love make my kids feel loved for a hot, fleeting second.
I'm gonna do it.
I do not feel obligated.
But I do feel an exceptional amount of love.
For my littles.
And I can send them home for the vacation to their hotel room houses and one bedroom apartments.
And I will hope in my own broken heart that they feel the love we are sending them all break long.
Because I will worry about them from the end of day Tuesday until we return.