December 24, 2007
Well, the holidays officially begin later today in my family. I will spend parts of the next 3 days in close proximity to my brothers, sister (and their kids) and my Mom. In years past I would get anxious. I'd be ready to go as soon as either dinner was over or the gifts were opened .... in other words, quickly. I like my family, but not in large doses and not all at once, LOL (If that makes sense)
My Mom is one of those Mom's that HAS to send out one of those "Family Christmas Letters". You know the type, the ones filled with bragging rights, trips to exotic places,etc, etc ...... usually, the blurb about myself and my branch of the family was so small that if you blinked, you missed it. But, this year has been different and this year the ONLY person Mom wrote about was me and the transplant. While I'm humbled by that, I'm also embarrassed by it as well. I don't want to be the center of attention, I don't want to feel like the "oddity". But, if this was some sort of closure for Mom, then so be it.
Anyway, she sent her "letter" out last week and told me the other day that 4 people had called her and said they cried when they read it ...... didn't exactly put me in the Christmas mood.
But, this evening it all begins in my family and there are "events" planned for parts of the next 3 days.
I'm a survivor, I'll handle it .....
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good day!!!!!