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I try very hard to follow through and do what I say I’m going to do–here and in life in general. In my last library-ish post, where I posted the results of my poll, I said that I would add commentary in a follow-up post, which I didn’t do because I got distracted by life (in the worst way possible) and instead wrote about that. Life and libraries–that’s my thing.

It seemed ridiculous to write a post on the psychology and cultural implications behind choosing one job candidate over another in the face of such devastating news from Connecticut. Like everyone, I still can’t get those families–those children–out of my mind. I hope their senseless deaths will bring about the necessary, sane changes required to make a difference.

And now I am focused on my family and the holidays. The results will have to speak for themselves, which they do and don’t–there was a clear winner; however, there were a lot of variables in play, some of which were addressed and some not. Maybe I’ll revisit this question within the context of Library Culture Question #2 forthcoming sometime in January.

I intend to savor every moment of the next few weeks. My entire family will be together again for the first time in four months, which is a long stretch for us–the longest ever. My younger daughter has been studying abroad this semester in Strasbourg, France, and she returns home this Saturday just in time for Christmas. We have missed her terribly but are thrilled that she was able to experience this adventure. My older daughter is a graduate student at American University in Washington, D.C. and is home for an extended stay. We see her for weekends here and there but relish the thought of having her with us for three weeks. My son is a junior in high school and is finished with classes this Friday just as I begin my holiday vacation. I refuse to think yet about the fact that he will be a senior next year and heading off to college after that–denial can be a beautiful thing. As a business owner, my husband is able to take next week off, too, at least as much as any business owner is ever “off’ work.

So, it is with great joy and sad acknowledgement that I head into the holidays–great joy in the anticipation of having those most precious to me together under one roof but with the sad acknowledgment that not everyone has the luxury of anticipation. There are simply no adequate words to describe the pain of separation from loved ones, particularly permanent separation. So I won’t even try. I wish for those grieving comfort, if not joy.

‘Tis the season to be grateful, humble, and present in order to enjoy every moment without taking a single one for granted.

May your holidays be joyful, merry and bright.