Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas transitions

One of several pieces of stationary that I used this year.
One of the first things I do at the beginning of each December is to write our Christmas letter. That's what I did last week and as I started to finish it by signing, “June, Ward, Wally, and Theo,” I paused and wondered if it were time to take the kids' names off and just sign it from Ward and me. Wally and Theo are out on their own now and it would really be more appropriate for them to send their own letters and cards. This thought made me a little sad. So I struggled with my emotions that wanted things to be the way they used to be, but realized that they weren't.

So what did I do? Well, I let it percolate for a couple of days and decided that I wasn't fully ready to acknowledge our empty nest this Christmas. I signed the letter, “June, Ward, and the two boys who are out of the house, Wally and Theodore.” We'll see if I can get away with that next year.