My Aunt Rita, who taught me to love and appreciate home made things, and also taught me my first lessons in sewing and crafting, was at our place on Sunday for Christmas dinner.
While we waited for the turkey to be carved, she visited with the newest member of our family via Skype.
My cousin is a chef who lives in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with her husband (also a chef), and new baby.
She called in we had a visit around the laptop. This experience was very moving for my aunt, who was born in pre-Confederation Newfoundland more than 80 years ago.
She didn't have electricity until she was in her early 20s, and virtually everything in her life involved making do and mending. She has always had a sharp and creative mind, coupled with a resourcefulness that is to this day astounding.
" This is a miracle to me," she said, admiring little Liam. "There was a time when a letter from someone far away was saved until the family was all together and then it would be read out. I can't believe this. It seems like a dream to me. If I never had another bite of turkey, or another present, this would be Christmas enough for me."
So much of what we see and do every day we take for granted. I felt so glad to be part of my aunt's miracle.
It was a blessing to give back to her for all the things she has taught and shared with me all these years.