It's that wonderful time of the year again - holidays, brightly lit malls and shopping centers, gift giving, and best of all celebrating with family and friends. As I do every year, I'll be seeing my dad in Fort Lauderdale. This year, my cousin, whose daughter just got married in October, will be making a large family dinner, with the newlyweds as the guests of honor. Four generations of family will gather around a sumptuous table, laden with turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie.
As you get older, the joy is always mixed with a certain amount of bittersweetness. It's wonderful to see relatives, especially to meet the babies, for whom the world is still so new and fresh. Yet there are always the small holes in the universe left by those we love who are no longer present. We honor them best by holding close and loving each other during this season. And treating each other gently.
This is also the time of the year when I take a brief hiatus from blogging.
There are two reasons. The first, and most obvious, is because I'm busy. Family comes first. And friends. Blogging is time consuming and this is not the season to be ignoring loved ones. So, I will spend hours trying to find just the right gift for each - not necessarily the most gaudy and elaborate gift, but the one that will truly be treasured by the person who receives it. I also will spend time at parties and simply being with my loved ones.
The other reason I usually take a break from blogging is because I also take a break from politics. I know there are lots of races that will be heating up. But the holiday season is a time for a cease fire however temporary it is. For one month, I will concentrate on harmony, not competition.
So to all my readers and fellow bloggers, Happy Thanksgiving!