1 November, 2011  |   9 Comments

November Nablopomo, Thanksgiving, Dottie.

I had big plans for rolling out the next professional, brand-safe, evergreen sort of Thanksgiving tips.

I had big plans for well-timed Tweets and Facebook updates.
But then Dottie had a seizure and it all got confused.

My question becomes, “What’s authentic?”

And I realize that Thanksgiving Tablescapes aren’t where my heart is. My heart is with my almost two year old, who, last night, was unresponsive for three minutes with all of the awful that goes with a 22 month year old toddler having a febrile seizure.

And apparently, a febrile seizure is something that practically every kid goes through, and every parent has to live through.

This surprises me, this new fact about the strength of humans. What with our continuing to wake up and go through life knowing that other parents have to deal with far, far worse — all the while dealing with the looming uncertainty of things like the febrile seizure.

Bah. Parenting.

I now hand you all an extra 9 years of life that you may feel the ravages of parenting-related adrenaline has taken from you.

And if you’re child free, I love you all the more. Hot damn, I love you.
Thanksgiving Tablescapes.

I’m planning to send you lots of Thansgiving tips every day.
You’re going to pull off an amazing meal.
Better yet? That meal is going to impress your friends and family.
And you’ll start far enough ahead that you won’t be stressed out.

Sound good to you?
(Let’s get started.)
(((I promise.)))


9 thoughts on “November Nablopomo, Thanksgiving, Dottie.

  1. 1
    Marguerite says:

    Thankful for Dottie being alright. And thankful for you, Helen Jane, for brightening up my day!

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    Carrie says:

    Oh, my heart goes out to you! I can not even imagine how scary and awful those three minutes must have been, not to mention the stress and worry of the follow-up at the hospital, etc. In some ways this is a rather perfect Thanksgiving post though. A dose of perspective and a reminder to feel thankful. For health, for safety, for everyday moments with our loves.

  3. 3
    CARLA S says:

    How scary for you all. One of my neices had one of those around the same age. Not fun at all. Hope you are all feeling better. Best to Dottie!

  4. 4
    Jane Gassner says:

    Man, that kid has some snazzy toenails!

  5. 5

    Oh, so, so sorry Dottie and you had to go through this! We somehow missed the seizures but had other parent-panic-inducing moments, and my heart goes out to you. Thank goodness all is well. Thanksgiving, indeed.

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