Friday, December 21, 2007

Holiday Memory

Writer's Block from LJ: Share a Holiday memory.

One Christmas Eve when I was really little (maybe five years old?), I had a horrible case of Pink Eye. It seems like I got it a lot, but then I was generally sick a lot. For those of you who don't know- I have a REALLY REALLY BAD fear of things being near my eyes. This is funny seeing as I can actually poke (and move) my eyeball with my finger. Evenso, I have a phobia of being stabbed in the eye. So imagine my horror when I found out that Nana had to put a dropper near my eye. I didn't mind the actual liquid so much- that felt kind of neat- but I didn't trust her coming at me with the dropper itself. So there I was, in my jammies on the floor, sitting between Nana's feet while she held my head, and I started bawling my eyes out. I think Momma might have been trying to hold me too because at this point I was starting to fight back. Nothing seemed to work. So Nana, being the wise negotiator that she is, offered me the option of opening one of my presents early if I would sit still long enough, without screaming, for her to put drops in my eyes. Being the greedy bugger that I was, I went for the deal. I still cried, but at least I was still XD I still remember the present too. It was a white seal plushie and I still have it somewhere in my room.

After that, I was allowed to open a present every Christmas Eve. Until this year. I'm kind of refusing to do it simply because there isn't much under the tree and I like for Christmas morning to last as long as possible.

1 comment:

Under Thy Tongue said...

That's intense. I always hated the drops for pink eye too. I always tried to use pink eye as an excuse to stay out of school, but the nurse was always like, "Of course she can come to school", and then we'd (me and my sister, since we always had it at the same time) have to go into her office and she'd give us the drops, and I'd always shut my eyes at the last second.
On a positive note, though, I've always opened a present on christmas eve too! I don't know why, it's just always been a tradition, one that was not founded on some traumatic and bribe-y incident.