22 November 2009
When I was young, I didn't really think I was much of a "family" person. I was somewhat solitary, hiding away in my bedroom, burying myself in books and music, avoiding all things social and interactive.
This morning, I woke up to my brother and nephew (who are visiting from Indiana) already up and lounging on the couch, CSB in the kitchen making coffee, and not long after my first sip the ShortBus stumbling out bleary eyed to join us. Throughout the day, the boys have spent much time playing, and the adults have spent much time relaxing in front of a roaring fire with our laptops.
I deliberately chose to move into a home which is two miles away from my parents' house. Even though I don't get to spend quite as much time with them as I would like, I get to see them quite often, and just having them nearby is comforting.
This afternoon I walked through the room, stepping over kids and toys, listening to the sound of the fire, tv, familliar voices, and laughter. A thought occurred to me, "it's like Christmas, only better." Everyone is happy and healthy, we are all together (well, missing one... she couldn't get the time off work to be here), and for the moment it feels as if time has paused for the briefest second.... allowing me a quick respite from the stress of the "real world" to enjoy a few days with my family.
The list of things I am thankful for is long. Today, is at the top of that list.