Annabelle Arrives!

Dear Annabelle,
As the 2021 calendar changed from August and September,
my thoughts were filled with YOUR arrival.

Your “due date” according to the doctors was September 2nd.
Yet, on Thursday, September 2, 2021, I was kinda hoping you wouldn’t arrive.
That date is your Uncle Kevin’s birthday.
I kinda wanted you to have your own special date.
I guess you did, too, because that day came and went
and you stayed put.

The weekend began and ended on Labor Day Monday.
I kinda thought it would be poetic for you to arrive on Monday, the 6th.
This date, a holiday in America, is called Labor Day.
We could joke about your mom “laboring” on this date.
Instead, she posted this to Instagram:

Annabelle, I think it was kind of you to give your parents
a relaxing Labor Day treat.
They love the outdoors
and enjoyed a day of walking around
the lovely San Franscico Botanical Gardens.

On Wednesday, my phone received this text:

All day long, my thoughts were with you and your parents,
working so hard on the West Coast,
As I spent the day teaching on the East Coast.
But after finishing my dinner, this text chimed on my phone:
So off to sleep I went
Dreaming of your arrival.

I was SO happy to awake on Thursday morning
and see this text:



On Friday, morning, I got this text:

and I spent the day at school
showing you to my teacher friends and students
telling them all about YOU, my great-niece,
Annabelle Beatrice Connolly
whose monogram is ABC
whose arrival came on her own time
and who now brightens my world.

Annabelle, I am the aunt who will always be giving you books.
So this letter, of course comes with a book!
It just arrived in bookstore as you arrived in this world.
It might be awhile before you will fully enjoy it.
But when you are ready, enjoy the peek-a-boo windows
and the animal sounds and clever story.
But most of all, enjoy the laptime with mom and dad
And with ME, too as I promise to come visit you and read with you
And know you are ALWAYS welcome to come visit me and your Uncle Brian.

Along with the book, is a HOT WHEELs car.
Ask your mom why and get your dad to buy you
a track with the cool loops.

Annabelle,
You have made September, 2021 the best!
Know your great Aunt Sally and Uncle Brian
can’t wait to meet you in person very soon.

Until then,
All our love,
Sally
(and Brian, too!)

5 thoughts on “Annabelle Arrives!

  1. Mary Anne Stallings says:

    What a sweet letter to Annabelle!

    On Sat, Sep 11, 2021, 3:27 PM Writing Stories by Sally wrote:

    > sallydonnelly11 posted: ” Dear Annabelle,As the 2021 calendar changed from > August and September, my thoughts were filled with YOUR arrival. Your “due > date” according to the doctors was September 2nd. Yet, on Thursday, > September 2, 2021, I was kinda hoping you wouldn’t arrive. Tha” >

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  2. Lainie Levin says:

    Oh, my goodness. Look at that sweet face! I’m so grateful you shared this story with us. I also loved that you chose to weave together your poetry and the texts with your heartfelt letter to this new little love. What an amazing way to put your thoughts together here. Thank you for this post.

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  3. Ms Victor Reads says:

    How wonderful to be the great aunt who gifts books! What was the first one you sent her? I am entering the phase of my life where I would love grandkids, even faraway ones, but it does not look likely, at least in the near future (and grand nieces and nephews even less likely)…

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