November 25, 2009

Holiday heartache

I hoped to be headed to Chicago today, but that trip never panned out. I will miss seeing family back home - especially, my favorite boy, Nicolas.

The last couple months he hasn’t been into chatting on the telephone. Most conversations consist of a quick “I love you” and then “bye, talk to you soon” or “call you back later”. However, this weekend he was chatty. I talked with him a bunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, he was particularly precious. Here’s a snippet of our chat…

Nicky: Can you come over?

Me: I’d love to honey, but remember, we need to fly on the airplane to visit each other?

Nicky: Yeah.

Me: And sadly, we don’t have money.

Nicky: I have dollars. You want my dollars, auntie Kellee?

Break my heart. I love that boy so much!

My sister is having a tough time, I hope things get easier. That way she can focus on joyful times with him, instead of stress, and more stress.

Mike is anxious to come back here. He hopes to be back before the New Year. We’ll see how that develops. I hope it can happen.

Amy and Jeff’s stepmom will be hosting Thanksgiving, Mike and my dad will join them.

Meanwhile, I’ll be cooking tomorrow. My mom will stay with us tonight, and likely tomorrow night.

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, creamed corn and roasted balsamic pearl onions, and parmesan salad are on the menu. I think it’ll be pumpkin pie and an apple tart for dessert.

Even if my family can’t all be together under one roof or in one city, we will be together in spirit.

It’s been a tough year, but I have plenty to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

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