We’re enjoying the kind of laziness that can only come after breathing a sigh of relief as we close another busy holiday season. It feels well earned, and maybe the only time of year when the guilt of doing nothing but sitting on the couch watching movies and TV shows dissipate into pure bliss and satisfaction. But like most years, I can’t help but feel a little bit of a let down when Christmas day finally arrives. So much preparation, planning and shopping for one day…and then it’s all done, just like that. It was a very pleasant day, nonetheless, though a bit quiet. Sometimes traditions slowly take shape and ours the last few years have involved morning walks on the beach and a movie later in the day (Star Wars!). This year, the temperature broke records so we didn’t even put our coats on. My mom remarked how glad she was that she had her granddaughters around to spend the holidays with, otherwise it would be lonely and depressing. I think about that too, and wonder what the holidays will be like when the kids leave the nest.
There was a restlessness today, the day after Christmas. It went unspoken until my dad suddenly called us from downstairs and told us to get dressed for the cemetery. We were in the car in less than 10 minutes. When we got home after paying respects to my brother, he announced how much better he felt. This is the most I’ll get out of my dad – he doesn’t really reveal too much of how he feels, but that’s nothing different from most Asian families I suspect. My mom told me later that he was crying outside earlier in the morning.
It’s hard not to reflect on the year when you’re so close to ringing in the next. It’s been an interesting year and not one I ever imagined having. I look forward to finally having closure on something that has been plaguing me. Whatever the outcome, at least it will be done. On the work front, 2016 should prove to be an interesting year. Another Christmas done and another year gone. I hope you and yours had a lovely holiday. See you in the new year.