Friday, December 16, 2011
Are you ready for Christmas?
1. Christmas tree? check, with a two-foot tree standing on a side table and decorated with a string of tiny lights and chocolate balls wrapped in bright colored foil. My grandchildren will have a blast with these after dinner.
3-Christmas cards. Nope. For the first time, we’ll send emails.
4-Christmas letter. I’ve written one every year for the past five years. I really don’t feel like doing it now.
6-Cooking: half of it is done. A friend came to help me.
So what have I been doing during this Christmas season?
Visiting doctors for several problems and going to therapy every day to try to heal the spur bone in my foot that prevents me from walking. In addition three friends and a close relative are/were in the hospital for surgeries or treatments. Too many depressive things around.
T’is the Season to be jolly. Not really here. Not this season, as we wonder collectively: “What’s happening this year?”
To overcome the gloomy mood, I count my blessings every day and try to convince myself that anything that can be cured is no big deal.
So yes, it’s the Season to be Jolly. My kids and grandchildren will be here for Christmas. My house will turn into a happy noisy mess. The parents will warn the kids to behave. And I’ll tell the parents to bug off. In my house, the grandchildren always behave, but they are free to play, sing, yell as much as they want. Sometimes, I swear their parents are the ones who need to take time out.
RIGHT NAME, WRONG MAN: What’s a girl to do when she whispers another man’s name in her fiancé’s arms? Doesn’t that put the kibosh on wedding plans? http://tinyurl.com/85o4wg7