Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

The year I was so sick that I had to miss going back to see my family and celebrate Christmas with them was really probably the saddest I've ever been. We always get together with both sides at some point, though not always on the actual holiday. This year we are in Omaha for the whole Christms break because we travel to my folks this weekend to celebrate. It's going to be weird to have a low key Christmas day, with just our family. I'm looking forward to it, but also feeling a little pressure to somehow make it SPECIAL.

mouse's picture mouse

I'm so happy to be close to family now, especially since it's almost always been a full day of travel to get to them. The year I was pregnant with Scooter, Trillian's family came to us, which was really nice. Now we're starting to form new traditions here. Trillian and I host Christmas Eve dinner and Scooter gets to open one present. On Christmas morning, we start up here with just our family and then head down to the in-laws' a little later, giving the grown-ups a chance to sleep a little more.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

In an ideal world we would have your arrangement, Mouse. I would love to be able to have Christmas morning at our own house, then do a quick drive over to my parents' for a big gathering--to me that would be perfect. My brother gets to have that arrangement (my sister, too), and I so envy them!

Lilianpw's picture Lilianpw

Ahhh, you made me cry. I'm dreading the day I will have to blog retrospectively about the last year, since it was such a devastating year for me. Everything is well and we're happy, but the problems we had definitely changed my life forever and I've never regretted anything in my life so much as these subtle changes.

And then you, so wonderfully talented with words and metaphors, expressed it so beautiful with this expression: "poked a hole in my Fabric of Things Taken for Granted." I think this describes well how I kind of took for granted that we'd never face the risk of losing our house or that in trying to help people I'd be entirely crushed in the process (the whole school thing that so depressed me back in late July/ August).

The image of the pebble and the ripples is also precious. As always, thank you so much for your writing! And please, next year, let's try to finally meet next year!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Oh Lilian, I'm so sorry this was such a rough year. One day you will look back and be able to write about it all--maybe not soon, but one day.

Yes--let's commit to trying to meet-up--we should be able to pull it off, I think! I would love that...