Dread filled my heart as I packed my bags and prepared for the drive north. I couldn’t help thinking I’d be better off staying in DC. I resented the feelings of obligation and guilt that served as my motivation.
And had I listened to my selfish heart I would have missed out on one of the best weeks of the year. Sure I spent too much money and didn’t get a chance to visit with everyone, but I had a blast.
My niece is amazing. She is 18 months old and the most adorable little girl on Earth. My grandmother is 82 and in perfect health. I don’t show her enough love or appreciation.
And then there was the quality time I managed to spend with my dad and mom and with my brothers.
There were no fights this year, no arguments, no yelling or banging or complaining. All my worry and dread was for nothing.