Monday, December 9, 2013
This is a photo from, oh, maybe 9 years ago. My daughter, her boyfriend (now her husband) and their friends getting ready to go to the high school's winter formal. We were at my house, with our nice big tree all glammed up for the season. Don't 'the kids' look lovely? Makes me kind of weepy....where has the time gone?
My tree this year (and for the past 3) is about 20 inches tall and cost ten whole dollars at CVS. My times have changed. Sometimes I miss being part of a family -- the kids coming and going, the dogs running around with the cats, my wife and I sprawled on the sofa watching television. I wonder if I'll ever have some of that again. Certainly I'm fine without the kids part, but some grand kids running around wouldn't be half bad. Someone to curl up next to each night wouldn't be half bad, either.
The holidays bring out a certain sadness about my single status, until I remember the struggle it was to get my spouse(s) to enter into the spirit of the season. Seems like I was always draggin' 'em, kicking and screaming, to show some Christmas cheer. Although there were some really fun Christmas mornings, like the one where my then wife gave my daughter a box filled with one dollar bills. She, of course, threw them into the air. Or the time my daughter gave her step-mom a case of beer for a present. Fitting.
This year, my parents' neighborhood has gone all out with the lights and decorations. I'll try and get a photo to post. Sacramento boasts some gorgeous Christmas light displays, with neighborhoods competing with one another. Many neighborhoods coordinate their lights and it creates quite the festive mood. Perfect for night strolling, except tonight is going to be too cold to actually go out. Last night it was 28F (-2.22C). It's been even lower than that over the past week. But at least we're not an hour up into the mountains, where snow is abundant and temps are in single digits. Where some people's furnaces are not working.
I was walking the dog (twice today), donned in my thermal underwear, jeans, turtleneck sweater, winter coat, knit hat, gloves and warm boots. I was still freezing my ass off. Welcome to December.