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WISHING THE HOLIDAYS WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN
And yet somehow, this year it seems like the decorations weren't up long enough. In fact, this year the whole Christmas season wasn't long enough. It whisked in too fast, before I was ready for it to arrive, then went by in a whirl, and now today it's all over, and I'm no more ready for it to be over than I was for it to begin.
Of course, time moves no faster or slower from one year to the next and it neither contracts nor expands. But I think this year the holidays seemed so contracted in part because of the drawn-out remodeling of my kitchen, which was supposed to be done in mid-October but expanded out into November, through Thanksgiving into December, right up until the week before Christmas, and today as I write this the caulkers and wood-workers are back in my kitchen putting on what will hopefully be the finishing touches.
With the frequent presence of workers in the house and my kitchen often in disarray or out of commission, I think the holidays - or at least my holiday spirit - got lost for too long in the shuffle going on in my kitchen and my brain.
Until suddenly Christmastime - and my Christmas spirit - was here, arriving with a week-long visit from my sister Romaine (see www.ailantha.com/blog/seeing-the-columbus-sights-and-lights),
The job required numerous rest breaks.
And so she did, and we all hung around the house together for most of the rest of the holidays,
Back in November, when the COVID numbers were still holding steady and the hyper-contageous Omicron variant hadn't yet burst onto the scene, I had ordered tickets to the Van Gogh Immersive Light Exhibit for my grand daughters, their parents and myself for December 29.
As it turned out, my son-in-law needed to return to Los Angeles for work and so Romaine used his ticket and we all went to see Van Gogh,
And now I find myself wishing they were starting over again and that this time the time would go by a little slower.