Each week Gypsy Mama chooses a word to write about for five minutes. No editing, stream of consciousness. Today's word is: Together.
Ready. Set. Write.
Together is such a homey word. With the weather a brisk 30 degrees this morning, it would have been the perfect day to load up the crock pot with a good slow-cooker recipe, grab a good book, and invite friends over for food and fun. But, alas, I had to go to work today, bundled up in my coat, and live the life of an adult that supports herself.
As the holidays are approaching, the word "together" is truly a gift. My favorite part of the holidays is not the gifts or the hustle and bustle of figuring out what to buy someone. It's planning times to be together. To just "be" with friends and family (or the friends like family, which I call 'Friendily") and enjoy each other's company. Laugh, share, love. So simple, yet so memorable. I would rather make a memory than spin my wheels looking for the perfect gift. Because, to me, the perfect gift is making a memory.
I am so blessed this year, even as bittersweet as the holidays may seem. This will be the first year I'm not together with either of my parents....yet they are together in Heaven. It just won't seem the same. But I'm grateful for those who love me through these times and are here to fill the void of family. And, I'm encouraged that one day I will be together again with my Mom, Dad, and other family and dear friends that have gone on before. For then, we will be together for eternity.