In a worrisome, troubled world, people took comfort when President Hinckley said, in his fatherly, assuring way, "It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out."

Saturday, December 12, 2009



See mother. See mother laugh. Mother is happy.

Mother is happy about Christmas.

Mother has many plans. Mother has many plans for Christmas.

Mother is organized. Mother smiles all the time.

Funny, funny, mother.

See mother. See mother smile. Mother is happy.

The shopping is all done.

See the children watch TV. Watch children, watch.

See the children change their minds. See them ask Santa for different toys.

Look, look. Mother is not smiling.

Funny, funny, mother.

See mother. See mother sew.

Mother will make dresses. Mother will make robes.

Mother will make skirts.

Sew, mother, sew.

Look. See mother put the zipper in wrong.

See mother sew the dress on the wrong side.

See mother cut the skirt too short.

See mother put the material away until January.

Look, look. See mother take a tranquilizer.

Funny, funny, mother.

See mother. See mother buy raisins and nuts.

See mother buy candied pineapple and powdered sugar.

See mother buy flour and chocolate chips and pecans and brown sugar.

Look, look. Mother is mixing everything together.

See the children press out cookies. See the flour on their elbows.

See the children frost and decorate the cookies.

See the children make a horrible mess.

See the children pull taffy.

See mother pull her hair.

See mother clean the kitchen with the garden hose.

Funny, funny, mother.

See father smile. Father is happy. Smile, father, smile.

See mother. See mother wrap presents.

See mother look for the end of the scotch tape roll.

See mother wrap and wrap and wrap!

See mother bite her fingernails.

See mother go.

See mother go to the store twelve times in one hour.

Go mother, go.

See mother go faster. Run, mother run.

See mother trim the tree.

See mother have a party.

See mother make caramel popcorn.

See mother scrub the rug.

See mother forget the gift for Uncle Harold.

See mother tear up the organized plan.

See mother get the hives.

So, mother, go.

See the faraway look in mother's eyes.

Mother is disorganized. Mother is disoriented.

Funny, funny, mother.

It is finally Christmas morning.

See the happy family.

Father loves fruit cake. Father loves Christmas pudding.

See the children's toys. Santa was very good to the children.

The children will remember this Christmas.

See mother. Mother is slumped in a chair.

Mother has ugly dark circles under her bloodshot eyes.

Everyone helps mother to bed.

Mother sleeps quietly under heavy sedation.

See mother smile.

Funny, funny, mother!