Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Christmas Eve Heartbreak

Meredith thought of, and purchased, the PERFECT Christmas gift for Ellie. She first showed me the little girl high heeled shoes about 5 weeks ago online and my heart leapt! You see, Ellie L-O-V-E-S marching around the house in Mere's high heels. So, being able to get Ellie her own pair was just the PERFECT present.

The days leading up to Christmas were very, very stressful - we didn't understand why the shoes hadn't arrived. Monday we opened the door, no box. Tuesday we opened the door, no box. (We emailed at this point - had to check our order - never got off hold) Wednesday we opened the door, BOX!! Oh how exciting! It was as though the gift was for US! Mere tore open the box and out came... (and I swear I heard angels singing) a gorgeous pair of size 11 red high heels.

Excitement overcame us as we told Ellie she was getting "THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN THE WORLD" - Throughout the day, she kept asking if she could open "THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN THE WORLD" and each time we wanted to give in because we knew how perfect it would be, but each time we reminded her that we will be opening our presents after dinner. Excitement continued to mount.

Let's fast forward through dinner... the time had come.

I love watching Ellie open presents. She's really unlike any kiddo I know. She's calm, and thankful, and asks permission, and gives hugs... it's so sweet. After all the other presents had been unwrapped only one gift remained: "THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN THE WORLD."

The next 1 minute of my life lasted a lifetime. She pulled the top of the box off, pulled out the black cloth bag, and opened the end. I glanced at Mere, who had eyes as excited as Ellie's. When Ellie pulled out the first red high heel, her eyes bulged, and Mere's face lit as bright as the Christmas tree. After turning to me, Ellie asked if she could put them on. "Of course."
And then it happened. Her smiled turned to force as she tried her hardest to cram her size 10 foot into the size 11 shoe, clearly mismarked. The shoes did not fit.

Mere's heart sank; I could see it on her face. Within seconds, a tear fell down Mere's cheek, and then another.
Ellie, who spotted the sadness, and who always is so much more mature than her age suggests, said, "well, they'll make really fancy decorations." This, OBVIOUSLY, made me burst out in a fit of tears. Ellie countered with, "Look, they fit on my hands" still trying to appease us.

And with a broken heart, I watched the most beautiful moment of the night: Ellie took the shoes over to Mere and gave her the sweetest hug and told her that she loved them anyway.

My life is so fulfilling.

Hope your Christmas was just as magical.


  1. They shipped them late AND sent the wrong size? Terrible. She handled that situation much better than my 19-year-old self!

  2. omg what a sweet SWEET child you have raised! Wow, I have never met her and I adore her : )

  3. oh when i read about this on fb i was almost in tears myself. ellie sounds like such a gracious girl! love her to pieces!


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