to Chicago in order to spend part of the holiday with my family. Of
course, that was before the weather decided to dump snow and "wintery
mix" along the entire route from Detroit to Chicago... bleh! A drive
that normally takes under five hours took six and a half. Fortunately
a good three hours of those were reasonably easy and relaxing.
Unfortunately that left about three and a half hours of scary tense
driving. I didn't think to count how many cars I saw in ditches, but
it had to be over a dozen freshly off the road. On the plus side:
none of them were mine. Another plus side, it could have taken
longer, been worse, or I could have simply not made it. Really, I
have lots to be thankful for.
And a final plus side: as I drove down my parents narrow
mostly-unplowed side street, I noticed that although there was plenty
of street parking, all the spots were filled with huge piles of snow
-- until I got to their apartment. Directly across from their front
door was a nice cozy space that had been recently shoveled. With no
furniture reserving it! I quickly parallel-parked into it, and my car
fit snugly in the spot as though it had been made for me. Perhaps it
had.... Thank you Santa!
When my sister arrived a couple of hours later, we had to shovel and
push her car into a space that preferred to hold only snow, not cars.
But we triumphed in the end, and she is now firmly wedged in there...
although we might have to wait until Spring to get her out again.
Tomorrow we go watch the children's Christmas pageant at the big
Presbyterian church downtown. Tilly will be a sheep, I believe, and
Will is an angle in the choir. It should be delightful. Then we will
return to Mom's house, eat a delicious Christmas Eve dinner, and open
Christmas morning I will have breakfast and bid my family adieu. They
will spend the day relaxing, playing with their toys, and packing,
since the following morning a whole mess of them (four adults, two
kidletts) will climb into a minivan and enjoy a fifteen hour trip to
New Jersey. I will hit the road back home, hopefully with better
treatment from the weather. My aim is to get to town in time to join
M on his short drive to his mother's house, where I will enjoy
Christmas dinner with his family. (My plan B will involve meeting
them there, depending on the timing of everything.)
It should be a delightful if somewhat chaotic holiday, with plenty of
driving to keep the family cars feeling appreciated. I hope that
everybody reading this finds a way to make Christmas, Hanukkah, the
holidays, whatever you want to call this time of year....
special. Something worth all the stress they tend to
accumulate. Spend time with someone you love. Seek joy and peace.
Do something you like, even if it is small, and find something to look