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Parenting Tip #1,910,653: Taking the "I" Out of the Holidays

Taken on Thanksgiving weekend in Cape May, NJ - The Boy (he's 9) and my father enjoy a quiet moment, rare as it is.

Today, way before the rest of the house or even the sun wakes, I'm meeting my twin brother (yeah, I've got one of those, too and he's a lot prettier, than me, dammit!) and then heading to the hospital and do something that we both have grown used to, yet are still not very good at, doing.


We'll catch up on all of our holiday plans -- probably, hovering somewhere near the coffee and endless line of vending machines -- as we try and keep my father good company, while my mother goes through a procedure to increase the blood flow through her heart.

Big as it is.

In less than a week, my husband, Garth (not his real name) and I will be anxiously looking for the most awesome pediatric care team at Jersey Shore University Medical Center to take our 12-year-old baby girl away for what will, undoubtedly, be one of the longest waits of our lives, as I try to wrap my brain around the fact that her 13th birthday is only 3 days after Christmas.

Yeah, so maybe this mom needs someone to hold!...I need a hug, can you tell?

Yet, there's a profound sense of contentment in believing that suckage is also life's way of making sure that we take the "I" out of the holidays and focus on holding onto what's really near and dear to all of our hearts.

So, is anyone else late in getting their greeting cards in the mail?  EXCELLENT!  When you finally do find the time to make out your Christmas/holiday cards, I...uh..that is to say, this mom...would like for you to consider sending one to the following address:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW

Why?, life can really suck sometimes...but, it sort of feels pretty good, too -- especially, when you've had a hand in helping someone else beat back the suckage, for a change.


Well, because...uh...wait, I know this answer...okay, because, nice matters and I'm already too gosh-darned tired from trying to convince my kids that...yes, dear...if you study really hard, and eat all of your vegetables, there's a pretty good chance that you won't grow up to be a dork, like your mother.

Happy Hold-days!

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