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Allegedly Speaking...

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By Angye Morrison

I trust that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did. I was able to travel to my parents’ house in North Georgia and spend the holiday with my family.

I enjoyed the drive, once I got a little further north. The leaves were beautiful.

I enjoyed the hug from my 4-year-old niece, Amanda, before I could even get out of the car when I arrived.

I enjoyed coloring with Amanda. She told me it’s OK to color outside the lines. She also said, “Gigi, I’m a conceptual artist.”

I enjoyed teaching Amanda her first cheer, since we were planning on attending the playoff game at our local high school. She caught on quick and practiced it a lot. A LOT.

I enjoyed seeing my cousins and other family members, and sitting around, catching up. It’s funny how you can do that. We didn’t talk about anything in particular. We just talked. We were just together.

I enjoyed my Mama’s cooking. Nothing like it. She makes the best dressing in the world, and the best German chocolate cake...my favorite.

I enjoyed the smoked turkey my Dad and brother cooked up. It was just right.

I enjoyed the laughter. Whenever the Morrisons gather, you can be sure there’s a lot of laughter. I even enjoyed the corny jokes.

I enjoyed being able to squeeze in seeing my friend Autumn. She gave me my Christmas present early...beautiful jade earrings.

I enjoyed hugging my Mama. I did it as much as possible.

I enjoyed hanging out with Amanda while she took her “bubbly” bath each night. We made lots of weird hairdos and beards with the bubbles.

I think that most of all, I enjoyed putting on my makeup with Amanda each morning. She has a “pretend” makeup kit, and we sit together and put on our faces during our visits.

This time, she asked me what my concealer is used for. I told her it was for covering up my uglies. She thought for a few seconds, looked my face over and then said, “Gigi, you don’t have any uglies.”

That made my day.

I guess that’s the beautiful part of family and the holidays.We get together, hang out, talk, remember the good stuff and laugh...and there’s no uglies.

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