Dear Yours Truly Readers,
I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted the past days. You all know how crazy the holidays get. But besides the usual “hustle and bustle” that the season brings, Chad and I decided to do something different this year. We agreed to spend almost 3 weeks with our respective parents (just my mom in my case). It’s nice to be home for the Holidays.
Being “home” means seeings almost all my family members: mom, brother, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It’s great to see familiar faces especially my aunt and a few first cousins who I have nurtured such close relationships. Because of our busy lives with marriage and children, it has become more infrequent to see each other. But when we do, we’re just like little kids… laughing non-stop by reminiscing stories about our silliness! Next thing you know… days turned into nights of fun memories.
Being “home” also means visiting my dad in the cemetery. As much as I look forward to the trip to visit him, a part of me hesitates because it reminds me that my dad is really gone. It is also difficult for me to see my mom shed tears. My dad’s passing still feels new despite after many years.
Being “home” also means seeing my favorite cousin, Harry. We get to catch-up on current events in our lives. Unfortunately, his current “event” is something unpleasant. He and his wife are contemplating on separating after 20+ years. I had such a heavy heart as I listened to his struggles. But, the best that I can do was to be his friend at the moment. We both talked about my parents’ “Cinderella Story” and how he wished to have found his own fairy tale.
Even though Chad and I celebrated our holidays hundreds of miles away, I made sure that I gifted him a box of “sweet love notes”. I dated each card for him to open one card each day. I thought that this will make it easier to be away from each other. But boy, do I miss him.
Before I leave my mom’s home, it’s customary for me to look through their wedding album. It’s enjoyable to see the photos of the day they professed their love for each other. It’s magical.
I hope that you’re spending your holidays surrounded by loved ones. I am fully surrounded with mine.