There was a time – maybe three years ago – that I felt I would and could never enjoy another Christmas while I was single and indeed, that Christmas would never be the same again now I had lost “our” Christmas that I had with my ex-wife. This year, all that changed.
We travelled separately to spend it with her parents. Mirror Image and I live 200 miles apart but she lives something like 350 miles away from her parents. She arrived a day earlier than I did so she was there to meet me at the station when I arrived. A hug and a kiss and I felt ready for the big day, and most importantly waking up on the big day to this person who was just a a year ago, somebody with whom I had had just one date.
I had already met her parents, but this time I met her sister and partner. I was warned of friction, I was warned of a few cross words, but everybody seemed to be on their best behaviour and everyone seemed to have a good time.
Most of all, I enjoyed giving presents to and receiving presents from somebody I can once again make a fuss of at this time of year. Neither of us have a lot of money so showing our appreciation to each other came in many forms.
I always feel philosophical at this time of year (for reasons discussed over and over again) and this year I have been struck by how much I feel blessed to have someone in my life that I love, that loves me, that appreciates me and wants to be with me. There is no greater feeling than that – but being woken up with a kiss and a steaming cup of coffee on Christmas morning from that person comes a damned close second 🙂
That gave me a warm fuzzy glow and after prompting her to put the drinks down I pulled her into bed for a long… cuddle. Her parents were downstairs and the door was open – that was all we had opportunity for then I’m afraid!
A walk on a crisp, cold Christmas morning enjoying the quiet and the country air, holding hands and feeling loved up. A happy end to a happy year and in the next couple of days, I am heading to see Mirror Image after she finishes work on 30th.
Enjoy your New Year and see you in 2015!