Favorite Christmas Present, ever!

I read on a blog somewhere, drat, forgot to write it down, to tell about your favorite Christmas present of all times. I pondered this deeply last night, while coughing my head off, and decided that it was the cheap, aluminum BATON I received when I was in the fourth grade. (In the picture, I am the first one on the bottom!)

No other present that I can recall, has given me so much! After getting that baton, I took lessons from my cousin Janie and her friend who were in HS and I thought I was so COOOL. And, so did my friends.

Then as I got older and better, I was asked to join the twirlers when I was in 8th grade, the first, the last and the only, because I was so good (no, really!) The photo is of me in the 8th grade!

I ended up being the drum major for two years (another unheard of feat in my school, as the spot was reserved for seniors). I am on the right, in white in the photo!

So that little bitty baton taught me poise, confidence, humility (no, really!) and helped me get introduced to my husband (who was the drummer!). A gift that keeps on giving!

I still have my HS baton. It sits in a closet but from time to time I pull it out and give it a whirl. And yeah baby, I still got it!

Terri Steffes
Terri Steffes

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