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The Cookie Whisperer

The most successful Christmas present I gave this year was the one which was the least expensive.  It resulted in outright awe.  I've never reduced a recipient to a whisper before:


If you're wondering where Will The Smaller Child Nephew was darting off to, it was the nearest sinkable place, lest he be forced to surrender the cookie:


Following this, I repaired to the upstairs bathroom to dress for our family's Christmas party in varying stages of aunthood.  Halfway before all the rollers were in, I heard a very small, very determined "...Cookie?" from somewhere behind me.  When I glanced in the mirror, I beheld the head of Will The Smaller Child Nephew, peering at me from the top of the steps. This is why God invented bathrobes, and belts with which to tie them.

Jim The Small Child Nephew was behind him.  "I like you," he announced, and then saw the curlers, which his mother, because she has manageable hair and also a life, does not use.  "Oh!" he said.  "What happened?"

This was revised after I began brushing out the moussed explosion:  "That's beautiful!"  Even when it's coming from a person who wears a great deal of fleece, a girl likes to hear a compliment every now and then.

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Reader Comments (5)

oh, MB, that was so sweet - thanks for posting. The way his hand tentatively goes out to the cookies, like they're gonna disappear if he moves too quickly, and the way he looks at you straight in the eye with all that love and thanks...gave me a big smile and even a bit of an "aawwww!"

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraazmom

You should never give expensive presents to a small child. Yours was the perfect Xmas gift—and to give it to a person who doesn't give a hoot about his waistline is even better :)

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

SO cute!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

Wooo Hoooo!!! You are doing a fantastic job as #2 aunt in the universe.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKell Belle

That was adorable!

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris
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