Family gatherings are often
Stress is high,
and when you can't be honest with yourself
you invariably hurt others.
Such a burst happened at our holiday gathering
and was enough to shut it down
Polite murmurings and goodbyes....
the party was over.
But through it all, I was proud of my children.
Each of them
made decisions to nurture and protect their own family unit
and their personal family holiday.
I have made many mistakes as a parent.... but today I saw good fruit.
My kids can take care of their own home, hearth and spirit.
And in the midst of the emotional turmoil, this brought me JOY