You can go home again

16 Dec

This is the way that Christmas Eves are supposed to wind up. After a few hours of eating and drinking and laughing and gift exchanging the gang, 11 of us regulars in all, parks itself on and/or near the closest upholstered furniture for the annual family photo.

A very good time is had by all.

This is absolutely not the way that Christmas Eves are supposed to wind up. As you can plainly see there are fewer bodies in this 2020 family portrait. Two fewer, actually.

That’s because a series of COVID-related issues prevented my wife Joan and me from attending. We were not the only citizens of the world who discovered ourselves in this deeply unfortunate predicament, just the only ones in our family.

The image above was texted to me moments after it was captured. The banner marks Cousin Josephine’s December 24 birthday, a significant one that I am also very sorry to have missed. The frames that people are holding house select (and individually meaningful) family photographs, ones that I had shipped to the usual Christmas Eve gathering place, Aunt Anna’s and Aunt Rita’s apartment in Queens.

It just totally sucked not being there.

Fortunately this year should mark a return to normal. In just a few days’ time Joan and I will pack up the car and head to where we belong on Christmas Eve. (If you are in need of food visuals of the traditional meal you can find them in this post from years back.)

It will be very, very good to be back home.

Merry Christmas everybody.

6 Responses to “You can go home again”

  1. Fred Abatemarco December 16, 2021 at 10:47 pm #

    Abatemarco’s Christmas in July….

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  2. Joanne Gray December 16, 2021 at 10:50 pm #

    Safe journey, Mr. Meatball!

  3. Cliff Niersbach December 16, 2021 at 11:17 pm #

    And a very merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Mike Hill December 16, 2021 at 11:19 pm #

    After all this – drive safe!

  5. cfrolio December 16, 2021 at 11:45 pm #

    Buon Natale!

  6. Don December 20, 2021 at 1:21 am #

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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