Today I love family gathering together to remind each other that there are people in this world who are part of you and your life. I love that my family can go for days and weeks and even months without hearing from me sometimes and then we just start texting about where family Christmas will be held and who will bring what and how is everything going and what have they (or I) been up to. And through it all are the unspoken phrases of love and joy and looking forward to seeing each other again. And I love all that today because today is my family’s Christmas gathering and I’m excited about it. I love hearing families celebrating together, I love hearing the taunting that kids give each other and I love hearing the subtly disguised love in the teasing and ranting. It’s often so well disguised that the taunter doesn’t even know it’s there. Ah, family.
Today I love how the weather can change overnight from pouring rain to drifting fat flakes of snow. I love that, though it isn’t able to stick to the ground and just melts away instantly, it seems to be trying to remind me of Christmases of the past. My grandparents will be missed today and my mother will be really missed. I love that every now and then I get the feeling that I am the same to my nieces and nephews as all those folks I’m always missing, that someday they’ll be missing me if I work at being a good uncle. And that reminds me to be thankful for those I’m wishing were still here, to be at least as thankful as I am sad.
Today I love that there is work to do and that we may start tonight. I hope we don’t, ’cause I’m still not one hundred percent over this cold thing and I can think of no worse time to start working evening shifts then right after holidays and sick days, but if we must, we must. I love that even though I am supposed to be retiring, I just keep ending up on the job. I love that I could do odd jobs for the rest of my life and never get bored because for some reason I get the strangest jobs in amongst the routine ones.
Today I love coffee. I’ll need some to get me going, and coffee with loved ones is always nice. And I’ll really need some to get me through work tonight if I end up having to do that. If not, coffee to celebrate not having to go to work. I love that I am lucky either way, lucky to have a job, or lucky to get a break. Can’t beat that, now can I?