Family ties

December 26, 2001

and just like that, christmas is over. the last few packages thought to be lost in the holiday rush were spotted in a cubby hole outside the front gate. they sit in a crumpled bag, waiting to be wrapped. a few branches hang sadly because they were never fully clothed. the christmas carols have been replaced by love songs on the coast. outside, it’s blue skies, sunshine and cool breezes. and do you expect anything less on a december day in LA? you’d be silly if you did.

my family, who in the past three days spent many hours sitting cozily in the living room — a sight not seen in four years — are now scattered throughout the greater los angeles area. ricky is relaxing here with me, mom and tom are watching DVDs and dad is back at work.

we forgot to take a family photo, but there is still time. we still have a week and a half of this, of sitting, of reminiscing, of laughing so hard our stomachs hurt. i wish it were longer than two weeks, but it will have to do.


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