It was one of those holidays that just showed up this year. I did no real planning and was only coaxed into some planning by my dear friend, Andi. I have spent the last three Thanksgiving with her and her family. Last year we had a double header, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Caroline opted to spend the day with her Dad and his partner only because her cousin was in town. I was fine with that, which I was actually astonished by myself. I thought the first time without my daughter on a holiday would be horrible. But the truth is I dropped her off at 3 p.m. and she was home by 10 p.m. -- ten minutes after I returned from my holiday outing. And I was perfectly content to travel with Andi and her family ten blocks to her cousin's, who has the most charming and smart children.
Christmas will be odd this year too. I will be gone. I have no plans to decorate -- really. And I am typically planning and collecting and reassessing about now. But that bug just has bitten yet. I think I may be in a bit of a doldrums. Not sure why. Things are fine. Perhaps it is just a transition year. I don't know.