A few more days and we will all be filling our stomachs with good food and filling our homes with family. I know that’s not always a good thing, but these days, it is for me. Even though my family has changed and grown in the past 10 years, it couldn’t get any better than this.
It has been a struggle through the years as my siblings and I scattered to the wind after the death of our father. Falling outs, harsh words, jealousy, stupidity……all of it has taken its toll. Living most of my life in the middle of chaos and physical fighting, a bipolar sister whose moods swung quicker than the swing set in the backyard in a tornado, a stoner brother, a checked out mom (high on prescription drugs) and an over the road trucker father only home on weekends…….. yet our holidays were magical. Weird right? My parents always made sure that the family was all gathered together and there was a lot of love and laughter, til it was over and things went back to “normal”. Christmas was amazing with my father putting on his old beat up Santa costume for the little cousins at my aunt’s house. We’d leave there every year in a food coma and drive around our city, looking at all the best Christmas light displays. All the best were always up in the hills in the “rich” part of town.
So many great memories and at this time each year, I miss them so much. I cannot wait to introduce those traditions to our grandbabies. Yes, you read right, we have two. Tall Boy’s son has a beautiful baby girl. So we have one of each! Christmas will be so much fun, but challenging as Baby Boy’s birthday is December 21st and we are all going to keep it as NON-Christmasy as possible.
My birthday is the 22nd ( best birthday gift EVER by the way) and I always got birthday cakes shaped like Christmas trees or Santas. Then for my birthday gift, I got the choice of ONE present from underneath the Christmas tree. The first time I noticed that my relatives got more presents for their birthday, I felt jipped. But I also realized, my folks couldn’t have afforded to do it differently. I have never been a materialistic person, even as a kid. Can you imagine kids these days if that happened? Yikes!
We just want Baby Boy to have his own special day and it’s becoming a challenge as my mind goes to birthday gifts and then a few days later, Christmas. *sigh*
I know no one will probably read this blog but me, but I wanted to get back on here anyway.
Lots of funny, silly stuff happens, that I like to share, but it seems that I’ve gotten into the Facebook bubble along with the rest of the world.
I will try my best to stop in here more often, especially to read the stories from others. So much more to share in a place like this without the fear of offending anyone. Here, I don’t care. I will have good days where I will post funnies, bad days where I will bitch about life. But it’s okay.
To be continued…..