Here we are in December, the last few weeks of 2016. All that lies between now and the start of a brand new fresh year is a whole lot of wrapping, shopping, errands, baking, cooking, entertaining and cleaning. And also laughing and joy and the bittersweet tears that many of us have at the holidays, nostalgic for all that we’ve lost and at the same time so grateful for all that we have.
I spent Friday at the mall with my Parenting Big Sis, the friend whose kids are enough older than mine that she’s been there, done that and is always available to lend a hand with whatever parenting hurdle I’m trying to clear. She went with me to register at Babies R Us, and helped me pick a daycare and a preschool and an elementary school and outfits for communions and gifts for holidays. We meandered through the mall and at the same time we saw Gymboree, sighed aloud (ohhhh….) , and kept on walking. No more Gymboree for us. That’s the nostalgia – where you know that the cute matching holiday outfits are nearly – or all the way – behind you. Grateful for what you have is more poignant than ever this year for us – me having lost two grandparents this year, her having lost a brother-in-law and struggling with an ill parent.
Add to that the political depression that just won’t quit and the endless news cycles of he said/she said/they said/we said and – try as we may have to corral a different outcome – there you have what drives you to drink at the California Pizza Kitchen at the mall on a Friday in early December.
In the last week since the election, emotions have run high. Folks on both sides of the political spectrum continuing to defend their choices in ways that aren’t always the best: peaceful protests with the occasional riot have broken out, and what seemingly has come as the silent permission to a very small group of people from President Elect Trump to take hateful actions as been activated. None of this is good for our children to see and the “what kind of world are we living in” statements from parents are common. It’s been a hard week to know just what to say. Looking through Facebook I’ve seen the gambit posted on what you should say to your kids, with some really good ideas and other ideas that are far too mature or complicated for … [Read More...]
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