It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.   ~Caroline Kennedy

I hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderful Christmas, mine was extra special because I had both of my girls at home for the Holidays, the first in 2 years. We cooked, watched movies, ate, drank and was Merry. As we gathered around the table there was an overwhelming feeling of happiness with a mixture of apprehension that the day would soon be over we’d all be headed our separate ways, I would be back to work and my daughters back to respective schools.

Then I thought, Life really is an optical illusion. My apprehension was not warranted because even though we are not always together at the dinner table; we are always linked through mindfulness.

When they were younger I couldn’t wait for them to grow up and begin lives of their own, now that they’ve begun their journey I wish they were still running around the home playing ‘hide and seek’. I know that sounds selfish but I think every mother’s heart reminisces about having their children remain in the state innocent state of childhood. Untarnished by the polluted world in which we find ourselves.

On the other hand, as parents, our hearts burst with pride as we see our children grow up to be adults who have somehow banished all the corruption, pressures and social inequities and to become a glimmer in the midst of the darkness. I am by no means a perfect person or parent. My daughters aren’t perfect either, however, it has not stopped them from looking at the world with the hope of making it a better place and being human beings I can honestly be proud of.

~Happy Wednesday

©Etta D. Richards