Monday, December 12, 2016
#MicroblogMondays: Odds & ends
* I must admit I've also been feeling a bit guilty that we haven't been able to visit the cemetery anywhere near as often as we used to, when we lived closer (12 km/15 minutes then, vs 50-60 km or 30-45 minutes now, depending on the route we take). That said, we were there, almost without fail, every week for almost 18 years; I don't think anyone could accuse us of neglect. ;) Even when we led our support group, there were some parents who were amazed that we visited every single week. A few hadn't been since their child's funeral; they just couldn't bear the sadness and the guilt. Everyone's feelings & experiences are different...!
* Dare I say/write it? I think I am almost done my Christmas shopping! Tree is up and cards are in the mail. No Christmas baking done -- but not that I really needed it... ;)
* We got our first major dump of snow over the weekend. (As I've said many times before) It gets pretty old pretty fast... but I must admit it feels more Christmas-y around here now (and doesn't feel like Christmas without it!).
* I have something to look forward to in the new year: a recently widowed childless/free girlfriend (whom I've known for over 30 years -- we were both reporters in the same small market, before either of us got married) & I have bought tickets to a lecture series that features inspiring women sharing stories about their lives & experiences. (Coincidentally -- or perhaps not?? lol -- several of the speakers are childless/free -- including Julia Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister, who took a great deal of flack over her "barren" state.) It will be nice to have an "excuse" to get together with her more often, particularly when she's someone with a similar frame of reference who will be happy to discuss subjects other than children and grandchildren with me. ;)
You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here.