I expected to spend Christmas curled up crying because we had no family around, just the pups, but it was surprisingly enjoyable. At one point, all of the stepchildren claimed they were coming to spend the holiday with us, but Gretchen and Ted couldn’t get the time off or the money to pay for the trip, and Michael was snowed in. Due to my husband’s illness, we couldn’t go south to California to visit the family. Sad? I thought it would be, but it was great. Not that we don’t love and miss the family. We did talk to them on the phone, but we were freed of the usual Christmas obligations. We got up late, opened our gifts slowly, then went out to eat at a fancy restaurant. Our table overlooked the ocean, and it felt very romantic. Plus I didn’t have to cook or wash dishes. Later we played with our Christmas presents, just like we used to do when we were kids and had no obligations.
Friends braved snow and ice to get to their kids and grandkids. They spent a fortune on gifts and worried about getting it all done. If we had children, we would have done likewise. Like my friends, nothing would have kept me away from my offspring. But we put everything in the mail early and relaxed.
I noticed a lot of people with white hair at the restaurant. I guess by not having kids around, we jumped a generation to do what seniors do. It’s not so bad.
The only negative: One of the dogs’ collars lay in the grass, chewed in half,when we got home. Where is the other half? Did his sister eat it? I looked for an hour and didn’t find it. It’s a lot like leaving toddlers at home alone. So today we’re buying Chico a new collar and a spare for Annie. Meanwhile both dogs are running around naked. From everything I hear about small children, there isn’t much difference between them and puppies, except you can’t leave kids out in the back yard with bowls of Puppy Chow.
However you spent your holidays, I hope they were peaceful and full of blessings. If you are grieving over a lack of children, try to live in the moment and enjoy the good things you do have. What is, is. I wish you a fun New Year’s holiday and a happy 2009.