Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Family Gatherings

I am going to be seeing both of my brothers this Christmas when my family gets together in sunny California. 

I visited my oldest brother and his family at their house in Colorado this past summer. His two children are very different from my other brother's son, in that they are a few years older, and much more active. 

I am wondering how the commotion of my three young nephews is going to affect me since having my surgery. I am sure they may be curious about my surgery, and I am not sure I will be able to answer their questions. I like speaking in front of groups to tell my life story, but I am not sure how to talk to very young children about it. So I guess I am saying that we need to be careful what we tell our family members, and how we tell them about what is going on in our lives. Everyone has their own doings, and wants, but we can only speak of our own experiences; we can’t speak for everyone. I know that mid-way through you life it becomes harder, because you have more people in your family. You should never be ashamed to ask for help if you need it, that’s one of the things family is about. 

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and a happy new year!

Until next time…


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Time

Thanksgiving and Christmas are two big holidays, and sometimes we can get confused with responsibilities. 

One thing is turkey for Thanksgiving; we have the responsibility of cooking the turkey, and giving thanks for all the blessings we have. It is not generally a time for gift giving. 

At Christmas time, we may have turkey again, but it is a time for giving gifts to those we care for. If we see our family often, depending on how far apart we live, if possible, it is important to make plans to be together. Stores are not usually open, so there are fewer excuses not to be together. 

Another thing is, we have to try to make time away from work if possible. Also, it is important to figure out transportation, so we can get to wherever our family members are. It is important to take into account the weather, especially this year, with all of the cold and snow that we have seen already. Some forms of transportation do not run on the holidays, so knowing in advance the form of transportation you need to use, would help you get through the holidays.

Until next time…