Thank you so much for the Christmas card!
I opened it with excitement to hear from you… the wish received for a wonderful
Holiday was received,
and made us both smile. If you hand wrote a little note, even more special.
Receiving greetings, notes, pictures and updates, we never tire of… ever! Please know that truth - in spite of the absence of a return greeting in your mailbox.
The minute I opened and read yours, I mentally wrote you back a long letter full of memories and updates from our family. I also wish you peace, joy, and the gifts beyond material things for you this Christmas. My wishes extend to your loved ones as well. The key word here --- mentally. Alas, my thoughts never transcribed to the pen and paper... Sadly, the thought to reciprocate by sending you a New Years card never quite made it either. However, it was a great idea when I thought of it! In January, as I put away the box of Christmas cards and stamps I bought, I have learned to bless my intent and forgive myself for not following through…
The detailed updates are always fun to read. There was a day when, I too took time for this tradition, adding photos, updates, and sentiments. Life changes over time - and crazy/amazing family situations occurr, and it gets complicated… A milestone was reached for our family as adult kids left home and it seemed an appropriate time to hang up the tradition in favor of simplification. It is difficult to start new traditions if one cannot let go some of the former… But, it is not for lack of love of the tradition itself, or for the desire to connect with you at this special time of year!
So keep them coming as you will, and yes, let's connect in the New Year.
This new decade is a perfect time for that!
With much love,