Well, the holidays are officially here, and I am now ready to celebrate with the decorations, food, and Christmas music…..not a bit too early!
This Christmas is one I am looking forward to. I always do, but this year, Al and I are hoping to make a trip to Kansas City to see my three children, my grandson, at least one of my sisters, and maybe a few other family members. My son will be home from the Navy, so I am anxious to see him, and spend time with my girls. I am one of five daughters, and my parents were each one of five children, so we have a pretty big family. But I haven’t seen any of them since July, 2015, and it was for less than 48 hours, since we were there for my nephew’s wedding, and then went to spend a week in New York. It has been over five years since I have seen all three of my children together at once. Think about that for a minute…..going years without seeing your family…….as different as my sisters and I are, I still love and miss them every day. I haven’t seen my best friends (and won’t on this trip either) for 2 1/2-5 years or longer. I love and miss them terribly too. I do have a couple of uncles, aunts, and cousins who live about an hour from here, but we don’t see them very often. It’s nice to have some family a little bit close though.
Since Al moved here in 2014, we have been to New York to see his mother and sister three times, and he has gone twice by himself. He has been to Miami with his friends from Sweden three times. We’ve been to Orlando to see his father three times. We’ve been to Sweden. We’ve also taken a couple of trips to New Orleans, and a short honeymoon cruise, but the focus the last 3 1/2 years has been to make sure he gets to see his family (especially his parents) and friends, after spending so long living out of the country. Now we have an opportunity to go to Kansas City, between Christmas and New Year’s, and it’s all I can think about. Kansas City is beautiful during the holidays, and I will get to see my “babies!”
I have friends living all over the country. But, as women, most of us don’t take the time to take many getaways on our own. At least, that’s been the case with me and most of my friends. We have our jobs and responsibilities with our homes, children or pets, and don’t feel like we can take a break from it all. I’m usually the one making sure everyone has what they need, and I forget to think about what I need. I’m trying to do better with that. It’s hard for me to do without feeling selfish. Since funds are tight, and now with my health conditions, I can’t exactly justify taking off for a week or weekend to hang out with my friends by myself. Traveling alone wouldn’t be a good idea because of everything going on physically with me. I’ve been working very hard at school and also trying to get started in the real estate business, to try to get us a little bit ahead. Frankly, between that, and all of the medical crap I deal with, I’m worn out, and need a change of scenery. Maybe someday, I can travel alone again, but not now.
While I love living in a warm climate (even though they are predicting snow this Friday!), and it’s much easier on my arthritis, sometimes I need a break too. Hopefully, I can get a much needed break to see some of the people I love and miss. And what better time to do it than at Christmas in Kansas City?