On the eighth day of Christmas…..eight things that I pondered on today as I was cooking the black-eyed peas and collard greens.
1–This is the last full year my oldest will be in college. ACK! How did that even happen? Too fast, y’all. It’s all too fast.
2–This is a Leap Year. So all those folks who, on December 26, said that there were 365 days until next Christmas were all wrong. And many had no idea. It seems like the older I get the quicker these Leap Years sneak up on me.
3–Even years. This is an even year. And I can’t remember if I like even years or odd years better. Is it weird to have a preference? Never mind. Don’t answer that.
4–It’s good to have people. So when you don’t have macaroni and cheese and you need some and you know your little people are tired of your recipe, one of your other people might step up and say, “Hey I have a great recipe–would you like for me to try making it?” (It was a success, by the way.) Or when you are struggling with something but maybe no one or only a few know, someone out of the blue asks others to hold you in the light without your ever saying anything. People are good to know and have and love.
5–Hallmark Christmas movies are addictive. And I’m addicted. Now I am very sad, because I am pretty sure they are done showing them. Dear Hallmark, please start a Christmas movie channel. Some of us need the magic and loveliness all year long. I will subscribe. I promise. Thank you, and Happy Everyday. (P. S. Does Candace Cameron Bure’ live with you on site? She seems to be in a lot of your movies these days. Just curious.)
6–Eating at the Pizza Place on New Year’s Night is a tradition I could get used to. Very much so. Not packed, good food, happy children, happy grownups, and the staff are wonderful, beautiful people–and we can never be around those folks too much. A great start to 2016.
7–As soon as the New Year arrived, Cooter, whose birthday is still several weeks away, started asking, “Can I just go ahead and say ‘I’m 9?'” He is my baby boy. NOOOOO. No, you may not say you are 9 yet. Not even one day before you actually turn 9 may you say that. Just stop. I have all the emotions to work through before that day gets here.
8–I told myself I would not focus on the loss of our beloved coffeeshop/church/hangout/missional, fair-trade coffeehouse before the New Year. I wanted to celebrate the holidays and then let my heart grieve. Today the New Year arrived, and it hit me that the time has come to close the door on the hope of it staying open as it stands now and prepare to say goodbye. The pain of losing it is real and hard and never so clear as when we pulled up to the Pizza Place down the row from the coffeeshop, and the lights were not on in the shop. I had forgotten it would be closed today for New Year’s, so to see it closed and no one there and to know that THERE WAS NO COFFEE brewing today–something inside of me broke. This will be a year of hard things and getting through them and walking with others who are also struggling. But we will get through them. Together.
Wishing you all a Happy Welcome to this New Year! And that you get the year right the very first time you have to write a check. (Does anyone even write checks anymore besides me?)
Love to all.