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Family Time and the Holidays

Family Time. What is that exactly? I know most people think in terms of mothers spending time with daughters, fathers with sons, brothers and sisters getting together, the whole shebang but to me Family Time means spending time with people who are important to me. You hear a lot about Family Time during the holidays and those of us with shrinking or small families, it can make us feel a bit like an orphan.

Anyone who has read my past blogs knows that I find most holidays to be stressful and sad. I've tried to figure out why that is and I guess it comes down to the fact that a lot of the people in my life that were important to me are no longer living but it's more than that. With down time so hard to come by combined with proximity being an issue, it seems like it gets harder and harder to spend time with the people that I care about. Then comes the pressure of trying to find time to see all these important people during the holidays, it's enough to make any florist weep.

Lucky for me, my co-workers at work have become my substitute family and all kidding aside, I love each of them just as if they were my family. I guess that is a benefit of being the boss, I can fire an employee who does not have a good heart but a less than "loving" family member..... Not so much.

So, this holiday - this very Thanksgiving, I'm not going to stop sweating the small stuff. I'm going to gulp down the sad feelings and appreciate those people I have around me. I'll make time for the friends that I've known for years even if it's just to meet up for coffee or a quick dinner. I'll take joy in the little caring acts of my co-workers (did you eat George? have you had anything to drink today?) and I'll be sure to do the same for them. I'll be a motherly substitute for those with less than perfect mothers. I'll be a shoulder to cry on when bad news arrives and I'll do thoughtful things for my husband.

So the point? Holidays, Shmalidays, I'm going to plow through them. Look out Thanksgiving, I'm coming through. Watch out Christmas, I'm stronger than ever. New Years, no more tears! Valentine's Day, you just may beat me down (as this holiday does for every florist on the face of the planet) but by the time Easter rolls around, I'll be stronger than ever!

And so my final, shameless floral plug - if you can't be with them for the holiday, send them flowers. If you don't want to be with them for the holiday and you don't want them to know that, send flowers. Going to be with them and eating their food? I'd suggest sending them what? You guessed it - Send them flowers! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
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