Christmas in January
Well I suppose I should actually add another entry. The past couple of weeks are kind of a blur - between the holidays, the overwork, and a bout with the flu that's been up and down more than a teeter-totter, it's been tough just staying functional.
For anyone who didn't read the notes section of my diary, the daughter who was MIA and on the verge of losing driving privileges? Turns out she wasn't doing anything illicit or illegal - I knew she was upset when she left. She had gone to her daddy's grave and came home a daughter-sicle, half-frozen and her face chapped from crying. Sort of took the wind out of my plans to ground her for the rest of her life...
I had Christmas today, for what it's worth. I wasn't able to do the 'family' Christmas thing on Christmas day, for a few dozen reasons, but spent the day with my sister today and pretended to be human for the day. We went to one of the local Indian Casino's, left $5 ahead of when we arrived, had lunch, then went back to her house to watch 'Chicago'. If that's not traditional, I am all in favor of making it the new family tradition. Other than my grandchildren and some of the kids (which specific kid depends on the day), my sister is the only family member I like, anyway.
Also did our gift exchange, since flu and work conspired against an on-time Christmas. I felt like I made out like a bandit just for getting a whole day off work and out of telephone range, but was IMMENSLY grateful for the goodies Sister gave me. I have been putting off new clothes forever, to the point that I'm really not dressed appropriately for work at times because I don't HAVE anything appropriate.
Or I didn't have until now - Baby Sister gave me two complete outfits, dress slacks, dressy sweaters, even coordinating socks and jewelry. We share the same favorite clothing store but I don't have her resources, so unless it's on sale big-time I don't buy it. And even then it's maybe once or twice a year that I buy MAYBE two items. I just don't have the disposable income, not working in small-market radio.
The only two other gifts I received were from Internet friends. And before anyone makes any assumptions - about anything - I'm long accustomed to getting limited or no gifts, going back to the time I was a child. The only difference it makes is that everything that I do receive is that much the sweeter. Believe me, I am one person for whom the thought really IS the most important thing.
So Merry Christmas from my house to yours. If I'm late, so be it. I think I remember reading somewhere that it's a lady's perogative to be late, anyway!
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )