Kids seem to like the time between Christmas and New Year’s because they have days off to play, Grandparents visiting, parents off work, and if they’re very lucky, 22 inches of freshly fallen snow. Grown-ups seem to appreciate the time to eat a little more, work a little less, reflect on the year gone by and plan for the year to come.
Well, that’s how it seems to go in other people’s households.
In mine, this particular grownup seems to be holding it together, getting in an extra ‘to do’ item in between one load after another of snowpants and mittens. But alas, so far this holiday I haven’t found much quiet time to sit by a roaring fire and contemplate what’s gone well, and what to look forward to.
I am both impressed and overwhelmed by the ‘reflect and manifest’ projects that others seem to find time to pursue during this season. (Anyone you know doing Reverb10?). While I’d love that sense of self-knowledge and accomplishment that would come from a thorough, structured reflection, at this point I’d feel good just capturing one lesson (maybe two?) from this past year.
So let me toss this one out to you, host parents:
What is something terrific that you’ve learned this year about being a good host parent?
If one doesn’t pop right to mind, you might prompt your memory by looking over the titles of the 110 or so conversations we’ve had this past year. (You can see these listed on our Earlier Posts page— just hit ‘expand all’ to see the titles.) Let’s see if we can put together a compendium of our favorite wisdom from the year.
I nominate TakingAComputerLunch to start this one off! ;-)
image: The “Let It Snow Man” measuring the depth of fluffy whiteness in my front yard, last night at about midnight.