her usually happy face.
Bryan and his girlfriend had arrived that evening
and Alexis had received a phone call about her
grandfather - he was likely to die at any time.
Alexis' eyes had teared up and she left out the sliding
glass door no doubt for some alone time to collect
herself and have a smoke away where the children
wouldn't see her.
When she came back Dolly gave her one of her
signature tree frog hugs - legs wrapped around her
waist and arms thrown tightly around her neck.
Saturday Bryan and Alexis stayed behind while we
shopped in downtown Disney. The Twinkies free
birthday passes also came with $63 Disney Dollars
a piece. Gapetto and the Bunny went one direction
and the Dolly and I headed off for jewelry.
We looked and looked and added up different things,
then we looked some more. I thought perhaps she
just couldn't get over the hump of actually spending
any of it so I was talking to her about how much
I knew she REALLY wanted the charm bracelet.
She quietly led me off in another direction.
Finally we added up her things: one charm bracelet
and four additional charms, one pink Disney watch
and a light green necklace with a big 'crystal' jem
on it - exactly $63. [I threw in the tax money.]
I put the charms on her bracelet and hooked it on
her wrist, I pulled out the watch and did the same.
She began to close up the box and put it away.
'Dolly don't you want to wear your pretty necklace?'
She shook her head no.
'It's for Alexis.'
How I love that little girl.