We’ve come full circle. Exactly one week after our first guests arrived for the Christmas holiday, the last ones left this morning to return home. Their Glympse maps are on my laptop and iPhone as I follow their travels back to Tennessee and Richmond. The weather is just as it was that day a week ago … drizzly, foggy, and cool. This time last week I was hurrying around finishing last minute details as we prepared for Christmas and family and gifts and dinners.
Today my feet are propped up as I sit by the lighted Christmas tree watching the dreary weather outside the window. It’s quiet in the house. Already I miss the hustle and bustle of everyone together playing board games and putting together jigsaw puzzles and gathering in the dining room and helping in the kitchen. The living room on Christmas was a flurry of wrapping paper and gifts and laughter while the noise decimals rose as the day went on.
Now it’s back to the real world.
But as I sit here with my laptop, the memories are tucked away of a wonderful Christmas and I count my blessings. We never know when everything can change in a heartbeat. All around are those who had a Christmas missing a loved one or surrounded by illness. A long-time friend who had a normal Christmas last year is battling brain cancer this year. A neighbor lost her husband to cancer six months ago. A friend’s son is stationed overseas and was not with his family for the holidays.
There’s only a few days left in 2014. Hope your holidays have been full of family, love, and friends. Here’s to 2015….
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell