Echoes, Names, and Beach

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It’s hard to pick just three beautiful things in a week that involved both Christmas and a ton of family time, but I’ll try.

1. On Christmas Eve, my brother echoes the words of our dad years ago when he warns his boys that they can’t just come running out willy-nilly in the morning, that first, he has to come out first to “make sure Santa came.”

2. Eileen made sure James — who, at just a shade over two years old, isn’t much of a talker yet — learned all our names before we came to visit. Hearing him call me “Annie Sawa” (which is as close to Auntie Sarah as he gets) is so sweet.

3. After somehow not making it to the beach all summer, I finally snuck in a few minutes of beach time with my sister, brother, and older nephews this afternoon. It was too cold to run around in the surf (only in the 40s!) but we collected some shells, dug in the sand, and played soccer.

What has been beautiful in your life this week?

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Tonight, the whole family (well, except for James, who is too little) went to the Houston Aeros hockey game. With the NHL lockout dragging on, depriving us of hockey at home, it was great to catch a game while we’re here. Eileen got us great seats – about six rows back on the attack end.

As it turned out, we were sitting right behind the guy who was the fan that leads the powerplay cheering – in a Super Man cape. He got the full spotlight and Jumbotron treatment, and my nephew D quickly realized he was visible behind him, so he started dancing.

I managed to get a couple of not-fantastic photos of him on the big screen, and he was so excited that he asked me to put one on the blog. (“Auntie Sarah! You have GOT to put this on your blog!”)

And so, here it is:

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(D is the one making pointy fingers over Super Man’s cape.)