Yup, a Grinch stole our Christmas — I’m not sure it was the fellow pictured here of Dr. Seuss fame, but it was just as sinister. It came in the form of cough, congestion, fever, cough, stuffed up head, cough, chills, aches…and did I mention cough?
Charlie had succumbed to a slightly less evil version earlier than I did, so fortunately, he was starting to feel a wee bit better by Christmas Day, but my Grinch came on full force on Christmas Eve and it might as well have been Easter or Halloween for all the enthusiasm I could muster. :( And I must say, it was a very strange and very sad feeling to know that Christmas had arrived, and that I didn’t care at all…it’s my favourite time of the year.
It meant my parents spent Christmas Day alone for the first time in decades. Neither of my girls were home for the actual holiday — the older is in Alberta — thousands of kms away — too far to travel after just getting settled in her new home; the younger, and grandson Nolan, spent the actual holiday at home, as it should be, and do plan a trip home as soon as they can reschedule their work schedules to accommodate a trip…some time in the next couple of weeks, we hope. Until then, everything will remain in place — tree, decorations, etc. — which surely isn’t a hardship for me.
So, I dubbed 2009 The Christmas That Wasn’t. Charlie feels steadily better every day; I, on the other hand, have what I believe to be bronchitis and should probably see my doctor, but keep putting it off until tomorrow. We still haven’t done much visiting; in fact, I’ve done none. I wouldn’t dare take this near my parents, though as soon as I feel better, we’re still going to “do Christmas Day” with my folks. Charlie spent some time Christmas morning with his folks; I couldn’t get off the couch. Luckily, he had 4 vacation days left which gives him this whole week off.
And so it goes. The Day comes and it passes, as it does every year. And when we put it away in the vault with all the other Christmas Days, it either outshines all the rest…or casts the biggest shadow. I’d have to say this one was pretty dim by comparison; but ever the optimist, I expect it to get noticeably brighter with the arrival of a certain 3-year-old elf. :)