1. Outside our bedroom door is a wooden cart with a baby Christmas tree on it. "For Alec," says my mother. He touches the red baubles with a gentle -- gently, Alec -- finger.
2. Rosey is down at the bottom of the world -- just a
conference call away from a family Christmas. She says the weather is
good, and she's going skiing later, though there's a chance she might be
needed for co-piloting.
3. We'd been told that he would prefer the wrapping paper to everything
else. In the end, it's a book with a finger puppet that lights up his