Holidays are lonely

I miss my kids and it sucks on the weekends that I don’t have them over the holidays.  Last year was tough and this year should be better.  What do you do when you are alone on the holidays?  My kids are such a huge part of my life and splitting time over days like Christmas and the new year are hard…

    • Kansas Nana
    • December 8th, 2009

    If you can’t be with cheerful family members, choose another family to join. It may be an existing “traditional” family, or it may be a new holiday family you invite to gather together. Nothing beats bringing together foods & traditions from all over the country — by folks who don’t know each other very well. Lots of folks are without their families over holidays, & would love to be invited to be with other people.Don’t have a Pity Party — instead, invite others to have a good time together, whether it’s in a tiny apartment or a mansion. Look for those people who need you! Talk together about your childhood/adulthood traditions. Maybe you’ll decide to start something new. You & your kids will enjoy being together & talking about the good times later. 🙂
    Merry Christmas, Mud Puppy!

    • kate mackay
    • December 16th, 2009

    go visit your other family. Go to the VA hospital, do some shopping for some who can’t get about. Set up day trips or outtings for infirm guys who also aren’t with their families. It doesn’t take the place of being with your kids, nothing can, but it reminds you how very fortunate you are to have what you do have. Remember back to the Xmas day, just a couple of weeks before you got home from Iraq, you were on duty, and very far away. (I’m getting old, was it ’05, or ’06?). You’ve come sooo far, dear Zach.

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