Thanksgiving is in the past and I hope everyone had an endurable time and most had an enjoyable time. But what's next?
Christmas of course.
For some of us that's even harder.
I live in a town where I have no family and family is all the rage every day of the year, not just holidays. I mean, I could spend Christmas with another family. But I don't really want to (read about that here).
This year my youngest son will be here for a month! An entire month--home from college. Not sure what we will do for Christmas Day actual. His dad works retail so will only have the Day off. But my son does not particularly like his father and is no longer under a parenting agreement. Still, I am sure he will be at his dad's some that day. He is not cut off completely. That is good.
But otherwise, as far as I know, it will be me and my boy. My older son and DIL will be with her parents in another country: Texas. I had them all last week, so no worries. I get all the love too.
What do we do, PorchSwingers, when life is full of ups and downs?
What do we do when some of us have good holidays and some of us hurt more than we thought possible?
Do we keep it all to ourselves so as to not hurt anyone's feelings?
Nope. That's not what we are about here.
Here we weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.
This is the path to community. This is the path to healing. To stand in a space where it is safe to share your pain and your joy, your love and your sorrow without fear of recrimination but instead knowing your sharing will be received with steadfast lovingkindness.
As I invite you to share whatever is on your heart, let us give this gift to one another this first Christmas on the PorchSwing.