I was one of the lucky ones — I got to the airport and I managed to fly out of Seattle on time. I’m at my brother’s house for the holidays.
I spent the day working, then went with my brother and his wife to see “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at the Children’s Theatre company tonight. We brought my grand-nephew Jack, who’s going to be 3 in a couple of weeks. The play, of course, was wonderful. CTC does such a good job with everything. Jack only made it through to intermission, but he was amazingly good for such an active little boy. He sat and watched and was quiet for 75 minutes. So I only got to see half the play, but that was better than none.
We came back to my brother’s place and had dinner and homemade ice cream, followed by giving Jack a bath and reading to him, then getting him quiet and settled before his mom came to pick him up.
There’s something amazing about kids discovering the world. We introduced Jack to maps tonight. He doesn’t quite get it yet, but the foundation is there. He has a younger sister, and he was in awe that his grandpa was my brother, that he’s the older brother, like Jack is the older brother. He had to ask about it a couple of times, making sure that he got it. I think he did.
I know that not everyone has good holidays. In this way, too, I am so lucky to have a wonderful, loving family, such warm memories of the past, and looking forward to building more.
I hope for each and every one of you that your holidays are as stress free as possible, that you’re able to celebrate regardless of your familial situation.