LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
She finally decided on a pink heart, a tiny flute and a little coin that says love, a wonderfully girly collection that really does represent Gabrielle’s personality. My friend took down the information and told Gabrielle her very own necklace would be hers in time for Christmas, wrapped, and get this, inside a fortune cookie-shaped purse nestled in a Chinese takeout-like box.
The thought of the fortune cookie alone was enough to make Gabrielle squeal and as I watched her interact with my friend, her manners now well established and automatic, her personality bubbly, witty and enthusiastic, a little bow tucked beside the bun she’s been wearing in her hair, I loved her with all my heart. And I was ready to let the tradition of the Christmas list go.