When I was growing up, the holidays were my favorite time of the year. It wasn’t about the presents or the eggnog (not a big fan). It was about getting together with my family – my sisters, my cousins, aunts and uncles and friends from out of town. It used to be a lot more fun. These days, I get so stressed just thinking about going to the holiday parties. Find the right gifts, wrap the presents, get the kids ready, make sure the kids have their nice dresses ironed, etc. What happened to all the fun? It feels like the holiday cheer these days has been replaced by the holiday anxiety!
Two things happened this past Christmas weekend that made me reflect and think about all this stress and anxiety of the holidays in a different and more positive way.
First, as we were about to leave our neighborhood this past Saturday to go to my aunt’s house for our annual family Christmas Eve dinner, we decided to make a quick stop by the neighbor’s house so that my 6 year old daughter could drop off a present for her friend who lives next door. As we approached our neighbor’s driveway, a police officer approached our car. Apparently our new neighbors weren’t home and their dog (a little pug) had gotten out of the house somehow and unfortunately got hit by a car.
The dog was still alive but in bad shape. They needed to contact the owners but didn’t know how to contact them so they wondered if I knew how to reach them. Right away, I called the neighbors’ cell phone and gave them the bad news – that Riley, their pug was still alive but in bad shape. I walked over to the road where the animal control folks had this little dog huddled up in a blanket on a cold winter road. Ultimately, the little pug is fine but has some pretty bad bruises. [Read more…]