Friday, January 18, 2008

Nanny Stockings

You'd think that by now I'd be done with all the Christmas photos and information. Naw, I travel way slower than the three kings.

Nanny doesn't join us for present opening anymore since she's lost her mobility and her language. Right up until those losses, though, she did least for the kids.

Now, Nanny's idea of a Christmas stocking was very specific but not the sort of thing you'd see in a Tasha Tudor drawing. She always bought more than would fit in anyone's stocking but she wanted you to be able to open it, too, so she'd stuff all your loot in a garbage bag, tie it tighter than a virgin's cunt and slap your stocking on top of it near the tree. Inside there was always underwear. L says, "I didn't buy a pair of underwear until I was 35!" Usually also deodorant, toothbrush and/or toothpaste, some holiday themed chocolate and a host of other knick knacks and gadgets for "easier" living.

It's been years since anyone has had a "Nanny Stocking" so C&D decided that we needed them. This photo was of the moment of distribution. Even the hardened teenager is eagerly anticipating the haul. If I remember correctly he and Nanny had a deal about boxer shorts, they needed to be plaid. You can't believe all the stuff that was in there. Underwear (natch), toothpaste and a battery powered toothbrush, a mug, a frisbee, a backpack, a tote bag, a key ring, an arm band cell phone holder for running, a thingee to hold your sunglasses in the car, candy, a hat, dental floss in a novelty dispenser and I'm only scratching the surface here. It was glorious and it turned us all into kids again, if only for a few minutes.


  1. Anonymous12:50 AM

    "You said "It's been years since anyone has had a "Nanny Stocking" so C&D decided that we needed them."

    Maybe you can take turns doing the Nanny stocking thing for everybody? It is special and it isn't always up to you or C & D. The younger kids will catch on. Draw names and go creative.

    Well then, blessings on C and D. They did what had to be done and in the spirit that of what was needed.

    I hope everybody wrote thank you notes.

    Ok, on to your Birth Day, you may not remember it but that is ok. I wouldn't like to link your bithday with the other holiday stuff. YOu deserve your own celebration..the wine bar and friends sounds like the best party ever. Look around, that is your family of choice, for now. Be happy. They love you too.

    We've got some big numbers coming up for us here in Happy Valley and have no clue about how to find a swank place like that.

    That was very swanky, glad you had a good time, Happy Birthday. Wishing you many more trips around the sun.

  2. C&D set the bar pretty high but I might try to do it next year, who knows? If I'm going to I should start buying now to spread out the cost.

    I don't require swanky for my birthday, usually we go bowling, but I do like it. I was going to suggest a nice BBQ in the back yard for you but then realized that I don't know WHEN the birthdays in question are or WHERE you are so that might be a very bad choice indeed.