Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Merry, but weird. As I was preparing dinner for fourteen family members and friends, I kept feeling like I was missing something. I kept checking my list...ham, turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes.... The list goes on, but I wasn't missing anything. Somehow, I was way ahead of schedule and not nearly as exhausted as usual.
I guess part of it is just that I am healthier, more focused and a faster worker now. But the other part is that there wer no small children underfoot. No presents to open early, before coffee. No wrapping paper to pick up, no prolonged search for just the right batteries. No wrestling anybody away from the toy pile to get dressed for dinner.
I did enjoy the peaceful, productive morning in my kitchen. But I also missed having little ones to create that Christmas morning magic for, to exhaust myself for those yelps of pure
delight. I missed the old Merry Christmas and am working on graciously accepting this newer, quieter Merry Christmas.