A Local Family

Wednesday, 11 November 2009
No update on the immigration scenario except to say how thankful we are for advice, encouragement and your offer to pass our story on to others.  I'm confident that this situation will fall into the lap of someone who can do something to help.  And if it doesn't, we'll come up with another plan to be together.

Family is so important to me.  This time of year it can be especially rough if you are not with yours.  Emails come in reminding you to order your Christmas cards.  Holiday music starts playing on the radio and online shopping sites begin advertising like crazy.  Even though it isn't overt, extraneous outlets start to hypnotise your brain:  Christ-mas, Christ-mas, Christ-mas!  Which adds up to a twinge of anxiety and lonliness when your husband is so far away.

I am blessed, though.  Just this week a new friend sent me an invitation to share the holidays with her family.  Can you believe it?  This is someone who doesn't really know me (we met through Twitter) but she is still willing to to open her home to me so I don't have to be alone on the holidays.  That really touched me and made me feel like I have a local family.

Unfortunately (and as long-time readers know) since I'm in the news biz, I have to work on the holidays.  The good that comes out of this is:  all of the news orphans celebrate together so we don't have to be really alone.  We just miss our homes and traditions with families.

For a week in early December, I'll fly to Columbus, Ohio to see my mom, dad, brother, grandma and Dewey (cat).  We are celebrating my brother's graduation from the Ohio State University.  He'll walk the stage in cap and gown and we're so proud of him.  Dannen served in Iraq as an Army reservist for a year and now while working full-time, he has completed his degree.  Should be fun for all of us (except Kings) to be together.

And you?  Any plans for the holidays yet?  How do you celebrate?


LizP said...

I am glad you get to go home during the holiday season!

Thomas wanted me to ask you if we should make a plate of Thanksgiving dinner to bring to the station for you :-)

Denae said...

Ooooooh! That would be beyond fabulous!

Natasha said...

You are right, it can be so hard and in this business too! But, rest assured ur news family won't leave ur side and we are going to make the Holidays as bright as possible :)