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on life, loss and the joy that rules the day.


The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD

And Then

And Then

Sunday, January 01, 2017 Adrian Wood Comments (0)

It was Christmas Eve, a day for spending quality time together and then, I sneaked away for just one little hour to drink my coffee and catch up on the news, i.e., Facebook.

It was Christmas Eve, a day for breakfast with friends overlooking the Biscayne Bay and then, Amos had a fit, cried and threw his orange juice as I played every show he has ever liked on my phone and ordered a Bloody Mary.

It was Christmas Eve, a day for the beach and collecting moon jellies and then, my big three accidentally got wrapped up in a man of war and were all stung and thus, horrified when ordered to pee on themselves.

It was Christmas Eve, a day for baths and dressing nicely for church and then, we ran out of time, got in the pool instead and I let everyone wear pretty much whatever they wanted.

It was Christmas Eve, a day for good behavior and then, I told someone to shut up and Amos ate five candy canes in church and when the sugar kicked in, I threw him in the nursery.

It was Christmas Eve, a day for Christmas pajamas and then, I remembered I had forgotten them and felt relieved there was no pressure to take a picture.

It was Christmas Eve, a day for family dinner and then, I served four people spaghetti, fried shrimp, mac and cheese, and garlic bread and afterwards, the children piled in my bed to watch a Christmas Carol until Amos pitched a fit and they watched Little Einstein's.

It was Christmas Eve, a day for getting in bed early and then, it actually happened and I remembered that no one left Santa any cookies and I was too relieved to fetch them to begin that process.

It was Christmas Eve, a day for being reminded that life is real and wonderful, though our best intentions never seem to be enough and then, I remembered it's the showing up that counts.

It was Christmas Eve.

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