The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped, the house decorated and lights up. The fridge is bulging with food and drinks. Just a few more “sleeps” and my loved ones will be here to spend a day full of fun, laughter, sharing of family memories and good cheer. What a joy and what a delight but still there is a sadness in my heart.
Of course I miss my mum and dad and memories of some sad times surface but there is a deeper sadness in my heart this Christmas. Without knowing it, my eldest son tapped into this perfectly with his blog post: http://cullenofadelaid.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/christmas-and-recipe-for-gravy.html
Happens that just a few days ago I got confirmation of something I was dreading. i.e. that a dear friend, and distant relation, will not be home for Christmas as we were hoping. The Parole Board is yet to make a final decision as to whether to grant him release, “on parole”. He wrote “LOOKS LIKE I AM ‘IN’ FOR CHRISTMAS 2012. Ooo HHH WELL”.
I know he’s giving the impression of “toughing it out” but also know how devasted he is because of the high hopes we’ve all shared that he will finally be spending Christmas again with family and loved ones. Children have grown up, grandchildren have been born and it’s well over time for the family/ families to be re-connected.
Paul Kelly describes this situation so perfectly in this song which Cullen posted on his Blog without even being aware of the present situation with his distant cousin.
May we all remember those who are far from family this Christmas and open our hearts.
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