My son, a single father, has had sole custody of Jordan since she was five years old, and for the past five or six years we lived in the same town. So, I was able to see her often, and we shared a very strong bond.
Today, I'm sitting here thinking about all of the things Jordan and I used to do together. Our little rituals, playing our own version of rummy, sharing the "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" books, rocking out to music from "The Cure", making sushi and miso (she made the sushi, I made the miso), having "fry-day" any day of the week (That was when we'd go to Dairy Queen after school and order a large basket of fries to share). The list goes on. I taught her how to sew and bought her first sewing machine when she was 13. She is a talented musician, writer, and artist. She used to stay with me nearly every weekend, and for about a year and a half she stayed with me during the week, when her dad was working out of town.
It was a wonderful time. We both agree that if we had been born at the same time we would have been best friends. I'm going to miss having her to myself and the times we had together. But, life changes, and now Jordan and her husband will have their own little rituals. I'm just happy that I was able to be as involved in her life as I was. But, on the bright side, a year ago my son's daughter from his second marriage came to live with him! Dakotah, now 14-years old, is equally sweet. Unfortunately, I had to move an hour and a half away from where they live, so we don't get to spend as much time together as Jordan and I did.
On a lighter note, I thought you might enjoy seeing my newest Santa. He's dressed in a long red coat with collar turned up, and wears a scarf around his neck.
His closeup is pretty clear, this time. Pure luck! I do not have photography skills.
At 15", he is much taller than his comrades. This is the first one I have finished since I developed a new method for making Santa's face.
Available for purchase in my Etsy shop. Just click on the Etsy mini in the right column of my blog.
Well, friends, thank you for "listening" to me babble, and for your comments and continued support.
Have a great day,