Holiday Joy

By Ramona Flightner/ @ramonaflightner

I woke this a.m. a few days after Christmas with sore stomach muscles, and for a moment I was perplexed. I hate to admit how long it has been since I have been to the gym, so I knew it could not be from an over-exertional workout. I quickly realized as I thought about the holiday weekend that the gentle ache was from the numerous bellyaching laughs that had brought tears to my eyes and prevented any intelligible speech.

I remembered the long discussions at the dining room table, the laughter and the thought provoking conversations lasting for hours after our meals had finished. I reminisced on the games of scrabble as I watched my sister-in-law and father duel over word-wizardry supremacy while my brother and I fought to finish third. I recalled cooking in the kitchen with an oldies mix playing, laughing and talking with different family members as I cooked tapas. I remembered the ridiculous movies we watched, the sports, the gentle conversations that ebbed and flowed throughout the days.

The laughing, sharing, storytelling, wonderful meals, cheering over sports, all blended together to form a perfect collage of memories. I wouldn’t trade the memories I have from this weekend for anything. For me, this time with family, so infrequent these days as we are spread around the U.S., is such a rare gift. This is why I love the holidays: the ability to spend time with those I cherish most in this world. I hope that you and yours had an equally enjoyable holiday and that you have a wonderful, peaceful New Year.

© Ramona Flightner

  • bill

    mona: how nice it was to read about a family that appreciates being together… spending time with each other etc. Most folks I talk to focus on the fact that they are with people who are not uplifting, not fun, and not happy to be around. I had a nice christmas… but your holiday helped me to realize that I really did have a nice holiday.

    wow… hope to see you in the pool.

    bill

    • I am glad you had a good holiday, Bill! It went by too quickly, but I find that the good times always do. :-) I hope you have a Happy New Year!

  • Katie

    Sore stomach muscles are great when they aren’t from exercise;) Soo happy to hear you had a nice time with family! Best wishes for a transformational 2013!!

    • I agree, Katie! I hope you have a wonderful year. I hope to see you this summer!

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