Expectations and disappointments seem to be part of holidays.
Wanting to have a total family reunion isn't always possible
in these days of distance and divided interests for most families
plus costs and concerns of travel during dangerous wintery times.
Thankfully with today's technology, we can still make contact
through cell phones, letters, skype and exchange holiday greetings.
This will be the first time without any grandchildren around
in the immediate vicinity, but they are still in my thoughts.
My friend Caryn, her hubby and mine will be together this year,
sharing a quiet Christmas Eve dinner and a lovely brunch today.
Lamenting that we have chosen to be snowless desert dwellers
in winter and have family members too far away to come and visit.
But the weather will improve and there will be more opportunities
to gather for hopefully spring break or summer family reunions.
Gone are the days of sharing the same nest as it has emptied,
the moment to moment responsibilities are history of long ago.