What a long, long trip.
It’s impossible to try to sum up everything that happened while I was on the Coast. It was a really great visit, and we ended up staying for 12 days instead of the 3 we’d planned on.
I am unspeakably grateful to Eric for giving me this visit. He pushed me to stay longer when I wasn’t sure I had the energy anymore, pushed me to take the steps I wanted to take to bring my family back together. Kept me calm for the most part. And on top of it all, he was great with everyone – I was glad he relaxed enough so that I got to show off how funny he is!
We had a great Christmas at my Nana’s, and an awesome New Years’ Eve on Bourbon Street. I reconciled with any family members I felt I had grown apart from. We had way too much food while we were home, and I laughed so hard I cried a few times.
My older-younger sister had us over for dinner, I got drunk with my baby sister for the first time, and with Emily it was like I never left. My new ring was unanimously adored, and we came home with our Blazer absolutely loaded with stuff – even though “no one is doing presents this year.”
The luck of the cars was not on our side. Ashley’s car broke down when I was driving it, I finally got pulled over by a Pass Christian cop (seriously? only now?), and our brakes went out. Not all at the same time, thankfully. Still, it was the best Christmas I’ve had in a long time.. and if I only count the adult ones, not the magical, perfect childhood holidays? Probably the best yet.
Let me say this. Man will never invent a substitute for a true, heartfelt hug from a person you love.
So here’s to 2009. Wishing you rest and hope for this brand new year – and I hope you were able to believe, at least for a moment, that this year will, in fact, be better than the last.