I’m finally starting to see a flicker of brightness after a trying Christmas break that included a trip to the ER for Theo, a excruciatingly painful upper back strain for me, and the death of my Auntie Julyan, a bright spark, who claimed her part of the universe on December 30th.
Amid that physical and psychic discomfort, I can only be thankful that we have such a responsive children’s hospital; that my brother-in-law, the uber chiro was able to work out some of my back issues, and that my aunt died peacefully in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her husband and children.
I also have to give a huge shoutout to SNOW on the north shore mountains and a short spurt of glorious sunshine. It took a while for us to get our health in order but we made it up to Cypress Mountain for a spectacular day of snow-laden branches and trails, forts and hot chili at the rustic Hollyburn Lodge.
Finally, a little nod to tech magic that allowed us to have an hour-long Skype with Theo’s birthmom and nana who might be the only people as captivated as we are by Theo’s lengthy monologues that roam wildly from monsters to fighting to “Elf” and punctuated by short readings from The Gruffalo.
Are you feeling thankful or optimistic for anything heading into the New Year?