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Three Hundred Fifty Eight: Christmas

“‘Waking up to you is like….presents on Christmas morning.’ His mouth curved. ‘For your convenience, I’m already unwrapped. Batteries not required’.”  – Sylvia Day

Thursday, December 25th

Christmas was a day delightfully devoid of smartphones, tablets, tvs, and blogs, and it was absolutely perfect.

The kids woke up early but got a good night of sleep. They were ready to engage in the sport of opening gifts. The rest of our extended family was sleeping elsewhere in the house, so we had to keep the restless youth at bay. There were lots of wiggles and giggles as they had every ounce of our attention.

I loved this uncharacteristic direct link between my children and I. It really is true that kids need less things and more moments with the people that we love. We all need that. I know this, but it is hard to put into practice day after day after day. Another goal for the days to come.

Under what circumstances do others have your sole attention?


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Three Hundred Fifty Seven: Holiday

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing others’ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” – W. C. Jones

Wednesday, December 24th

In choosing the quote to top this post, I finally came across a powerful realization – that the way that I see the world for myself is quite drastically different as I envision it for my children. I am parenting through this disconnect, trying to provide them a life of enchantment while so fearful that the world will hurt them like it seems to wound all of us in some way or another. And so, in my adult world I am quite used to stories of pain and feeling a sense of accomplishment in helping my loved ones stay afloat and get back to the shore.

It is heart-wrenching to know my kids are seeing a world that isn’t always fair or kind or honest, and that even something as simple as a beloved holiday is full of drama and misconceptions just as much it is imbued with history and meaning. Adults explain it as a time for generosity and gift-giving when it doubly the time to build up walls between people who do not share the same beliefs. This holiday is the root of many of my warmest memories of childhood. It is also where I learned where many adults work out their childhood wounds. I need to train myself to find my own joy in this season, and focus on sorting out my own internal stuff instead of worrying about what everyone else is thinking and doing during the holiday season.

Are there times of the year where the collective pace or atmosphere of the world is too distracting?


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Two Hundred Eighty Six: Indigenous not Columbus

“These people are very unskilled in arms… with 50 men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished.”  – Christopher Columbus

Tuesday, October 14th

Christopher Columbus has never been revered in our household, nor has the holiday been celebrated. My husband used to wear a t-shirt that said, “Homeland Security – Fighting Terrorism since 1492” and he constantly got dirty looks from people. Well, now my city will be in the cadre of those who honor “Indigenous Peoples Day” instead of the man who reportedly discovered America. Now we can wear a t-shirt emblazoned with a message of hope for our First Nations friends.

Are there any holidays or cultural celebrations that you prefer to not celebrate?


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