The holidays are meant to be joyful and a time of celebration. Yet when you have a hole in your heart left from the loss of a loved one, it requires more effort to remember the meaning for all the jubilation.
This year I'm missing my mom and sister more than I have the past couple years. Each morning I make a conscious decision to put my feet on the floor and focus on all the positive and good in the world, and in my life.
I am blessed with a loving family, fabulous friends, and a job I love. So rather than focus on the things that I've lost, I choose to focus on the multitude of blessings that surround me. This holiday season, I pray that you were able to do the same.
A tradition my mother had was changing her tablecloth to match the holiday inn time of the year. As I sat around thinking about my mom and doing nothing, I realize she would want me to "suck it up" and get over it. Put this in mind, I went to Pinterest, isn't that where we always go when we're aimlessly searching for something.
I found a pattern for a hexagon table cloth and then thought about some fabric that I had in my bin, and went to work. I only have the top done but it's on our table nevertheless. It makes me smile. It's like having a little bit of mom with me at Christmas.
I'll finish the tablecloth this weekend but for this afternoon, I'm going to enjoy the top as I relax, remembering the meaning of the season. Our loved ones will pass away and be away from us during the holidays BUT the memories we hold in our heart will carry us through.
What have you done to remember a loved one this year?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323