I’m typing this in semi darkness in a silent house. It’s Christmas morning and nobody has stirred out of bed yet. I love this time. My sister, brother, nephew and niece are here to celebrate Christmas and once one person gets up today, the music will immediately start blaring out – probably starting with Fairytale of New York. After a cuppa first thing, that will be the last non alcoholic drink made for the rest of the day. From here on in it will be bubbles all the way.
It will be a full on day of present opening and board games – no tv watching for us. So this small section of silence is a time to have a quick reflection on how grateful I am to be celebrating Christmas in relatively good health.
Yes, I am flippin knackered most days, my wound site is super tight and if I forget to moisturise it at all, it hurts like hell. But, every week I’m better than the week before.
I normally like to have the monopoly in the kitchen – not the game – I mean I like to do it all myself. Today will be more of a team effort. We’ve already played a game yesterday where the loser had to agree to peel the potatoes so that’s sorted.
The Ginger Prince becomes very animated when turkey is on the menu. Of his many bad habits, begging or stealing food is rarely on of them. But turkey brings out the worst in him. He once nearly mugged my brother in law as we walked from the kitchen to the dining table with his plate – it’s hard to walk with a large ginger shark stuck to your leg!
He will, of course, get a huge bowl of turkey to himself today. Probably because he knows that’s happening, he allowed me to do this to him this year. I think I caught him by surprise.
So it’s time to get up and crack on with the day now. But do take some time for yourselves today to say a little thank you for everything we have – I know I will be feeling grateful for my family and fabulous friends and also for the amazing doctors and nurses that have given me such amazing care.
The messages of support you have all sent me have boosted me so much. I hope if any of you are ever in need of a chat, you will let me return the favour and give you support.
For now I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.