Blogmas Day 25: Merry Christmas!

Christmas is such a special time of year for many people. It symbolizes the birth of Jesus Christ, bringing peace and joy across our world. Christmas is also a time to reconnect with family members, whether they are close or distant relatives. Of course, this holiday brings about the stress of preparation and unpredictable family dynamics. Sometimes we’re in the company of others we only spend once a year with. Despite the unpredictability, I always find it refreshing to visit family on this day, since maintaining family connections mean so much to me.

Today Andy and I went to Christmas service in the morning, then we shared a meal with his family. His siblings spend Christmas with us, so it’s exciting to catch up with them about their lives.

Andy and I with Layla, my family’s dog in Paterson.

In the evening, we headed to Paterson to spend time with my family. Whenever I spend time with my grandparents I value every single moment. I also marveled at how my niece is so outgoing and social with her cousins, twin girls a few months younger than she is. I talked about many things with my fanily: life, the upcoming wedding, and how my cousin in Florida is doing. I’m hopeful that he and his fiance can make it to the wedding.

My grandfather with my niece Ana

I hope everyone shared a memorable Christmas with their family and loved ones!

I very much enjoyed sharing my Blogmas journey with you all. It was my first time taking part in Blogmas, and I hope you enjoyed reading these entries as much as I enjoyed posting them.

Merry Christmas!

May 11, 2018: Hopeful

I visited my grandfather today, after work. He said that he was moved from another floor earlier that day, and the swelling on his feet seemed to be returning. He’s hopeful to get discharged tomorrow though. Hopefully that will happen.

Tomorrow I’ll be visiting my close friend in the hospital. Her health has taken a turn for worse. I’m looking forward to spending some time with her.

I’m hopeful to finally finish ‘Girl on the Train’ this weekend. I really want to read the Book of the Month selections I’ve receivedthese past couple months.

May 10, 2018: Day of Ascension

After work Andy and I may go to church to fulfill our day of obligation for Ascension Day. While we’re there, I’m going to leave special prayers for the special people in my life who are enduring such difficulties. It seems like rough events pile on one after another. My grandfather is still in the hospital for his asthma. My dear friend in the poetry therapy community is also being hospitalized, due to an aggressive form of cancer. Amazingly, I move about my day like usual, yet my thoughts are with them always. I hope to visit both people on Saturday.

May 3, 2018: An Introverted Post

It’s very difficult being an introverted person. A positive to having a quiet personality is that you remove yourself from any type of drama by keeping to yourself. At work I just keep to my room while everyone else gossips and wraps themselves in drama. I want nothing to do with any of that. The negative part is that people believe that your quiet personality means that you’re unapproachable, nasty, that you can’t be spoken to about anything.

I could never figure that out. I speak to my co-workers every morning; I say hello, ask how they’re doing, just a few words before I move on to my room for the day. It’s not in my nature to be talkative and loud, and after 40 years in this life, it never will be. Yet people have an aversion to being quiet. I just need to keep living my life, and stay thankful that I have connections whom I can truly connect with.