Well, I figured I might as well take a shot at this ‘guest post’ thing. Usually, I’m a bit crap at finding the right topic to discuss, or the words, for that matter. Given the opportunity to write a post about the holidays, I knew right off the bat just what I would talk about—time.
When I was younger, I remember wishing the days would fly by just so I could get to a certain point I wanted to be. Truth is, I don’t think I’ll ever reach the point I truly want to be in this lifetime, and it’s taken me many years to figure out I’m honestly okay with that. But now that I’m older and have experienced life to a degree, I can’t help but feel hindered by time, as though it’s my enemy or something ridiculous.
Growing up, my family comprised of me, my mom, and an estranged older brother I saw twice a year. Fortunately, my brother and I have grown closer over the last few years. But the holidays have always been a bit lackluster for my mom and me. It’s always just been the two of us, as it will be again this year. When I was a kid, she worked her butt off to make sure the holidays were special for me, and I’d be lying if I said I never took her for granted at times. It took adulthood and a role-reversal of sorts between the two of us to make me understand truly how hard she worked to make Christmas great for me each year. Actually, all year long, not just the holidays.
Now that time has aged us, her health is lacking and I’ve become the head of our small household. I feel the constant weight of responsibility around my shoulders—to provide, to give her a better life in her older years, to make her happy. But time is always there, hanging in the periphery, making me constantly aware of my failings and of the things I have yet to accomplish for her.
This August she was hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs. The first couple of days, I was certain I would lose my mother, the single person in this whole great big world I could count on and who’s always been there for me. And I very nearly did, had she waited a day longer to see the doctor. Needless to say, after a rough couple of weeks, the entire event put a few things in perspective for me.
All the time I’ve wasted—wishing I could do this better, or maybe I could change this, wondering where I’m going to find the money to pay for different things—at the end of the day, none of that stuff matters. Absolutely none of it.
Living each day to its fullest, for my mom and me, now that does.
We’re only given one life and it’s up to us to make it what we want. There’s no time to dwell on regrets or what we have or haven’t accomplished or to let the stress of life weigh us down. Life is about living, for yourself and those around you. Take the time you’re given and say ‘I love you’ more. Show those closest to you how much they mean. Do the little things you never seem to find the time to do together. Rejoice in the company of your loved ones. Actually take the time to enjoy life. It’s far too short to take anything for granted.
As for Christmas and me, you can rest assured I plan to make the upcoming holiday as special for my mother as she’s always done for me. As long as we’re together, I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas.
On that final note, I hope each and every one of you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season this year. :)
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For Heather's Holiday Giveaway!!
As we go into the holiday season, I have been asking myself what I can do or how I can give to others. It has been a tough year for my family and a tough year for many families whether it is our soldiers fighting overseas, their families waiting at home, death in the families, divorces, economic hard times, cutthroat politicians trading on fear and hate and last, but most certainly not least tragedies such as those faced in Paris, Beirut, and many other places.
We are very familiar with the choke of the times. Here, I wanted to give something back this holiday season. Years ago, one of my local radio stations used to have write ins for people to nominate families for Christmas or holiday gift certificates. Nominated families or individuals included those who really were not going to have much to celebrate because they couldn't afford gifts or decorations or a big Christmas meal.
Beginning today and lasting until December 18, I am hosting a holiday give away post featuring an item and the author who is giving it away. To enter, all someone has to do is nominate the person they want to send the gift to and post a short reason why. If that person wins, then the gift will be sent to the recipient with a note wishing them a happy holiday season signed from the author giving it away, me and of course the person who entered them.
So far, I have several authors and items pledged to this effort. Be sure to visit daily throughout the holiday season and nominate those you love and care about and send them a gift – and yes, I will send them around the world!
For a chance to win:
- Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why. (All entries in comments are counted toward final giveaways whether you use rafflecopter or not)
- For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
- Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
- This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
- You may only win one gift to send.
- Giveaways begin November today and run through December 18.
As a special edition to the giveaway, several of the authors have donated towards gift cards that will go to three lucky commentators for giving the gift of caring to someone else in their lives. Every time you nominate someone for a prize is an opportunity to be listed in this giveaway. The final winners will be announced on December 19, so be sure to watch for it!
Thank you to the readers for hanging out with me each day, even when I have nothing to say (which is far more often than I'd like!).
Now as part of this wonderful event Heather Long has put together, please feel free to comment and nominate a special person who you think should win a mystery box full of holiday goodies I’ve put together. The special someone you nominate will receive this prize as a gift from you. Happy Holidays!