Christmas Day, 2011

My mother is the last of her generation, her brothers having gone to their reward many years ago, now. She has become the Matriarch of that clan, the last of the elder Pierces, and as such, my many cousins and second cousins and first cousins once removed look forward to the rare occasions where we all get together.

Which is what we did last night.

My cousin Jan and her husband Joe had Christmas Eve, as they do every year. While there, with them in their home, I thought of family, and how much family means to me - how much it seems to grow in meaning, to me, as I get older. In fact, how much human relationships mean, period.

I have a family out here, now. On the Internet. And this family means a great deal to me. I had a chance, last night, to wish my family a "Merry Christmas" in person. I got to hug and hold them close to me, the one thing I can't do with most of you. But I wish I could. There's something about a good hug that says ... something ... something you cannot say in words.

Merry Christmas. All of you. And HUG. BIG HUG.



Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

I wanted to call you and wish you a Merry Christmas before the weekend began, but it whooshed by!

Merry Christmas! I'm glad you got to be with your family last night and I hope you guys continue to have a happy weekend today. Sending a big hug backatcha.

Tara R. said...

Big Hugs to you and to LM for sharing you with your Internet friends.

Megryansmom said...

Merry Christmas Lou and big hugs!!