Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Perfect Tree
I remember going out to find the perfect Christmas tree with my dad. Oh my goodness, what a chore it always turned out to be. We drove from lot to lot looking for perfection. Us kids would find one and point it out to our dad, "how about this one, it's beautiful" we would all plead. "No, that's not quite it". So our search would continue....and continue.
When we did find the perfect tree, we tied it to the top of the car and took it home in excited anticipation of decorating it. That was a family affair. However, Dad was there to direct our every movement with a critical eye. I remember trying to toss tinsel on the tree a little haphazardly and was gently scolded and shown how to put it on very deliberately.
As an adult and as my children were growing up I saw so much of my dad's traits in me. Christmas, at least the picking out the tree part of it, was miserable for my children. I had to find the perfect tree, I knew it was out there somewhere. Nothing less would do. And. although, I always thought we found it, when we got it home it more often than not resembled Charlie Browns pathetic little tree. Perhaps I should have listened when the children showed me their perfect trees, sorry kids! I did try to be gentle and tolerant when decorating the tree and I'm hoping that they never saw me cringe when they placed two red ornaments too close together. I bit my tongue and waited patiently until they all were tucked into bed and then I rearranged the offending ornaments.
I find myself doing some of the same things my dad used to do. BUT, you will never find the fire department at our home on the day after Christmas responding to a call of a tree burning in the fireplace.