Thursday, December 27, 2007
Holiday Joy & Madness
Clearly I haven't been around the Blogisphere much and I apologize if anyone's been concerned. The holiday season here at the castle has been typical I guess - a generous amount of stress sprinkled with many bright spots and shining moments. There have been family issues which often rear their ugly heads around Christmas; nerves are frayed, emotions and expectations run high. We know intellectually that the Norman Rockwell paintings aren't reality but yet year after year we secretly try to reproduce them anyway.
This year I had the pleasure of celebrating Christmas Eve at Kali's house, the first time I have "passed the torch" for that tradition. She did a fabulous job, we all had a wonderful time. However, it was blindingly clear what a truly blended family we are as I sat around her living room with Beren, his children, my children, Kali's future in-laws, my parents, and not just one but two of my ex-husbands! Whew! We all pulled it off, smoothed the tension with spiked egg nog, chardonnay, and a lot of laughter. It was a wonderful evening, it truly was. Not Rockwell-esque by any means but we are still family in our wild & wacky way. Still bound together despite divorces, remarriages, slight misunderstandings & outright fights. There is still love and a deep knowing that no matter what we will be there for each other. We are family.
So I'll continue to trudge along for the next few days, fight my post-holiday blues and stay positive. I'll try to remember that things are especially tense at this time of year, will attempt to not take remarks and slights personally and do my best to be sensitive about others' feelings. I'll pack away my hurts along with the tinsel and ornaments and will look forward to the fresh new year, full of possibility and promise and more opportunity to learn and love & grow.
A Belated Merry Christmas to you all.