Thursday, December 25, 2008

Friends - thank you

Merry Christmas!

I would like to take a moment and thank family and friends. For helping turn what could have been a pretty horrible holiday into something tolerable. By being there for me in a subtle way. For opening homes and allowing me to spend time. Allowing may not be the best word, but sharing is. Sharing in the friendship that is twofold, mine for them and theirs for me.

A party and a dinner and just a 'spend the afternoon' has helped. I knew that the traditional brunch at my Dad's was not going to be possible, not last year with no car and not this year with no Dad there. I would be looking for him, expecting him. My friend Elaine, when she heard I was going to be sitting at home maybe doing laundry, stepped up and invited me to her Mom's brunch. It reminded me so much of times when I invited friends to my own mom's for thanksgiving or easter when they had no place to go. This is what friendship do for each other.

My brother called me bright and early this morning to say thanks for the gifts I sent out and to see how things were here. Me and the dogs were up, both of us fed and we were watching A Christmas Story. That is a family tradition here, one that Jim started and that I will carry on. Besides loving the movie, we always thought that the young Jim looked a little bit like Ralphie, and that made it special. The glasses and the blonde hair.

Have a Happy Holiday!


Rach said...

Merry Christmas, Betsy. I'm glad to hear your holiday was a little smoother than last year.


Lynnbug said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Sharon said...

Betsy, it's good to see how people gather round, and your circle is extended -- and very nicely at holidays. My two children and grandson were miles away this year, so I opted out of the large family gathering -- my children each kept in phone touch daily, and the family called and sang "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." It's definitely the little things...