Family Christmas Visit

Family Christmas Visit

“Halleluiah” she cried when I walked through the door.
It was clear I’m the sister she tends to adore.
My mercurial rise to the top of her list
began on the day that I chose to exist.
In particular, days when she finds her life taxing,
she finds me essential to aid her relaxing.
It’s tempting to say it’s because I’m so cool,
but I don’t think it’s that as a general rule.
I think that my charm is that I’m so familiar.
The power of my presence is merely familial.

After 24 hours with no sleep and a crazy two and a half hour trip through Guadalajara airport and still nearly missing my plane, it was a blessing to finally arrive in Phoenix and to eventually
sink into a bed for a four-hour sleep. It took another hour or so to get online, where these prompts awaited me. Now it is 7:23 at night—twelve hours after I arrived—and I’m finally getting my prompt poem written. I showed my sister the five prompt words and asked her to give me the first line, which I changed a bit and used as the first line of this poem. Blame her, partially, for prompting the rest.

Prompt words today are hallelujah, mercurial, essential, relax, tempting.

Forgottenman suggested I add a few photos of Patti and me from the past and I always mind, so here they are. Click on photos to enlarge.

35 thoughts on “Family Christmas Visit

      1. slmret

        I could drive, but am tiring quickly these days, and don’t look forward to the 4-hour drive. I could take the train, but who else would do that, especially with the new variant of Covid? And I could fly, but that would mean driving to San Diego. Better to stay home, and have dinner with friends this year again. An easy decision this time, without a big birthday in the midst of the holidays!

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  1. SAM VOELKER

    So great that you will have a FAMILY Christmas. I envy you. Mine just got shot out of the barrel~! Again that Virus~! Not that they got it, but that a friend they were visiting did, which they found out when they got home, and they are in quarantine~! So Tami and I will be alone, except for those cats, which are no fun on Christmas, but I have a spare rib in the freezer and I will be fixing things and dropping them off at their gate. Best I can do~! I had turned down two other invites but now feel embarrassed to go back and tell them that they were second choice~!

    Please be careful, that thing is going around like a storm, and these Texas Red Necks just do not take any precautions.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      They will understand that you committed to family but now that has fallen through. I think friends would expect to be second choice and understand. They wouldn’t want you to be alone.

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      1. SAM VOELKER

        In a way I will not be alone, I will have friends contacting me over the next few days, in fact they have started already.. You must understand that with this new wave of the virus has me being much more careful where I want to go. My Christmas with my two sons has already take place, and my son with my grandsons will be here on Christmas morning but just not for lunch. Merry Christmas to you, your sister, and family~!

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      1. isaiah46ministries

        Judy,
        Alas, I didn’t see any of my family for Christmas. One of Douglas’s daughter and his son and three grandchildren are in Portugal, trying to outrun Covid, Yes, this is the daughter that didn’t want us to live in Portugal. Talk about irony! My kids all think I live too far out, so I was glad to talk or text with each. We decided because of omicron and my having a defibrillator to not travel to visit. It seems that the holiday has lost some of its zing. Is it age or just me? I hope you have a grand time with family.

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          I felt the same way about Christmas, even though I did come to see my sister. I think it just gets to the point where we’ve done something so many times that it loses its magic. Happy New Year. xoxo

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