Tuesday, January 1, 2008
RIP holiday season
Farewell Christmas and New Year's and all the fa la la la la that came with them.
Don't get me wrong. This was one of the best Christmases I've had in a long time. The shoes (pics are coming, Bryan). The other running gear. The gift cards and other nice gifts. The days off work. The family that each year seems to matter a little more. The unrushed time we all spent together.
But the hustle and bustle of the season I'm done with. I'm ready to take down the tree, pack up the ornaments and find a place to put the sea of toys we now own. I have that urge again to simplify, get rid of the old and seldom used or worn things that fill our closets and toy chests, to make room for the new. I'll attempt that this weekend.
Today, I hung out with my best friend for six hours. We exchanged gifts, watched the Wizard of Oz, played with Rye, checked out vintage Husker T-shirts at Scheel's and then ate out (we let the boys come along). It was the first time I'd seen her since she moved to Connecticut almost a year ago. She looked exactly the same. Together, we were exactly the same. And I'm struck again by how lucky I am to have such a long-time friend, one I don't have to explain anything to -- because she gets me that well.
It's more than nice.
Happy New Year -- and on with the post-holiday routine. Maybe we can carry some of the holiday spirit with us.