So, how were your holidays? What did you do? Are you living in a place where your children STILL HAVEN’T GONE BACK TO SCHOOL? Hopefully tomorrow, they will be back in the saddle, and you will, too, with whatever you’re doing. I have never been so happy to be getting back into a routine in my entire life.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays–and as a Sandwich Generationer, I believe we made several important memories this past season, including a grandparent/grandchild visit to Our Lady of the Snows “Way of Lights,” where the kiddos rode a camel (only $6 a piece for a 2 minute camel ride–what a bargain! 😉 ); a terrific “Dill” family Christmas at my parents’ house with my cousins and the 9-month old twins, while my hubby stayed at home and writhed in bed with the flu; and going to the movies on New Year’s Day (where we did not sit in front of anyone) to see Frozen, which was awesome! But as a writer or anyone with a home business knows, you get either NOTHING or VERY LITTLE done with all this holiday excitement. Then just when we think life is about to get back to normal–the Christmas tree is down, thank you notes are written, laundry is done for school clothes, grandparents are scheduled to babysit–the North Pole comes to the Midwest. Everything came to a halt–no mail–not even Fed Ex.
Anyway, enough complaining–after being in my house from Saturday at 1:30 pm CST to Tuesday morning 9:30 am (with an energetic 3-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boxer) because of a foot of snow and subzero temperatures–all right I’m still complaining, I’m thrilled to be sitting in Panera Bread writing this post and trying to think of something full of wisdom to say.
Here’s what I’ve come up with: Routine gets old. We start to hate our work, find other reasons to do anything else, eat food we are not supposed to, drink things we shouldn’t because we are tired of routine. (Okay, I am confessing to you here–but I hope you are nodding along with me.) We might even start to snap at or appreciate a little less the wonderful people in our lives: the grandparents that babysit for free and remind you it is snowing and to stay inside, the husband who shoveled the snow but tracked his boots all over the clean floor, the three-year-old who is hysterical and cute but STILL NOT POTTY TRAINED, the 13-year-old who is so gentle with his sister but broke the TV–okay, okay, you can see I have had quite an adventure the last two weeks.
The holidays make you appreciate these people again–you have fun, you buy them gifts, you create special memories, and then the best part–you are once again thankful for your routine and for them because you had the holidays to let loose. I think we need Christmas in July for the very same reason (but no July Christmas cards–that would be the death of me).
A lot of people have said this year they are not making resolutions–they are making themes. A theme can be something like: Get Creative, Get To Work, Be Thankful. I’m on board with this (although I also have resolutions to lose weight, get more sleep, finish my YA novel, and look for an agent), and I have a theme–I finally came up with it right now–BE APPRECIATIVE–every single day.