Hello, gentle readers! Hope you are all well and staying safe!
Well, Christmas has come and gone and we are looking 2021 square in the eye. It’s been a strange year and if I say it seemed to go slowly, yet flew by at the same time, I think you would understand.
Our holiday was lovely. Quiet. Just the DH and
I. We had lasagna, which is my
traditional Christmas dinner (because I just can’t do turkey a month apart, as
much as I love it). I also made my famous (well, in my circle anyway)
cheesecake. I watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve, another
tradition I’ve been doing for 30 some odd years. You know, every year, I
promise myself I won’t cry at the end and every year, I do. I doubt that will
change in the years to come. Something about that movie just grabs my heart and
So, as I was saying, 2020 has been a very strange year…And yet, I’ve learned some things about myself.
I am a social person…more than I realized. I have a small circle of friends who are very dear to me…quite frankly, I love them. I’ve missed seeing them…and when that “missing” gets to be too much, I will engage a perfect stranger in the supermarket parking lot (physically distanced, of course, and masked) for a short conversation just to hear someone else’s voice.
I’m a hugger by nature and I think I miss that most of all (hahaha—the poor dogs have been on the receiving end of all the hugs I miss giving…I’m not sure if they like it or not, although I will admit, I’ve seen them running when they see me coming with that look in my eye).
Zoom and Duo calls are the not the same as being there, but they will certainly do in a pinch. Emails, too. Since being more or less home-bound for the past couple months, I frequently check up on friends via an email…just a short “Are you okay” email and a couple lines on how I’m doing. I try to do that on a weekly or semi-weekly basis.
I’ve learned that yes, I can work from home (I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough discipline but it turns out, I do).
I’ve learned how much I depend on my DH for nothing other than being there and making me laugh when I become too stressed. I will admit that we have gotten closer and that’s saying something…we’ll be married forty years next month!
And I will celebrate the New Year, again, quietly, just the DH and I and hope that 2021 will be a better year for everyone.
In the meantime, I remain, as always, so grateful…for so many things.
Wishing you all joy and peace, today and always. Happy holidays!
Stay well! Stay safe! And remember, be kind!