I hadn’t planned on taking a hiatus during the holidays.
In fact, I had planned to write what I hoped would be funny blog posts about family gatherings, ham comas, and spiked egg nog.
Alas, that was until I heard the Daughter utter the words most mothers want to hear: “I’m coming home for the holidays.”
Upon hearing these lovely words, my world transformed.
I basked in the knowledge that I wouldn’t be the only one in the kitchen cooking Christmas brunch.
I would have someone to sing and dance with come New Year’s Eve.
I would have someone to hang onto while I hobbled down the street whilst walking Roxy.
Finally, after ten years, the heiress to my debt would once again grace my threshold.
And she did–with the boyfriend in tow.
Just like that, I knew my plans were toast.
The Son further confirmed my suspicions when he leaned close to his sister and whispered, “Wait till you experience European night life!”
Nevertheless, things didn’t turn out as bad as I thought.
Time spent in my own company allowed me to make some surprising discoveries.
I became reacquainted with silence and the relaxation that comes with listening to one’s breathing.
I had lovely conversations with my plants, Maxine, Lil’ Helga, and Ruby.
I was finally been able to shower, use the bathroom, and take a nap without any interruptions.
I color coded the meager clothes in my closet.
I read Roxy The Christmas Story–five times.
I replied to emails from people who have probably forgotten who I am.
I told Roxy, many, many times that she really is the best companion I’ve ever had.
I finished reading “The Life of Pi.”
I realized that life does not come to a screeching halt when one’s expectations aren’t met.
I learned that while sometimes things may turn out differently than what we planned, it doesn’t mean the end result has to be bad.
I understood that grown children don’t need their mothers as much as I think they do.
I accepted that eventually, all mothers have to let go.
I have missed you, friends.
I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and have started 2013 in good health, high spirits, and with pep in your step.
Let the new year begin!
What discovery did you make during the holiday season?