Monday, December 21, 2009

DPP Day 21...The Christmas Edition

As I sit here this morning, in the big red chair. Don Harmon telling me all about the wonderful weather I'll be missing, laptop on my lap, coffee in hand, furry cats purring...Jack with his head on my shoulder, River on the couch (yes...I let dogs on my couch), Mags snoring softly on her blanket at my feet, Rescue here getting a few morning scritches. My feet up, my beautiful tree across the room.
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I think about the quiet peacefulness of this moment.
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I'm headed to Texas tomorrow. I'll sleep on the couch, there will be no peaceful moments, there will be coffee (thank god!), and wine (thank god!). And sisters and brothers and nephews and parents and noise.
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I spent Saturday with the amazing Petty clan. Half of my story. My mother's family. Strong, funny, kind, smart, loud, loving.
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From them I got the strength to be independent and make no excuses for it. To feel confident in my abilities and grounded in my relationships. A love of cold beer, a good joke, little kids (and we'll add two in 2010!), old folks, dogs (and old dogs) and a good porch.
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I will spend the rest of Christmas with the Johnson family. The other half of my story. Smart, funny, kind, loud, loving.
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From them I learned the importance of forgiveness. And family...born to or acquired. And the love of good food, the state of Texas, a cold margarita, books, laughter, lake life and belonging.
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I have so much.
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If I don't get a chance in person...I'd like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas. May your holiday be filled with blessings.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I plan to hit the couch with a good cup of coffee also. Have a nice day! Love you. Mom

Anonymous said...

Have a safe and happy trip. Tell everyone happy holidays from the Ikenberrys.
Love Aunt Sue

Kimmy said...

We have the best family on both sides can't wait to see you in Texas, love you.

Cindy said...

To you and your family as well. Safe travels!!

MUD said...

Get the hell out of town soon! Be glad that you are going south not west, north or east. 10 inches of snow with 45 MPH winds ain't going to be pretty. Well, it might be pretty but it won't be a nice day to travel tomorrow. MUD