25th December –  Friends and families 

As you see Facebook filling up with pictures of people’s giant plates of food or stacks of presents. 

It hurts that you can’t protect people from hurting, the unseen messages that say I wanted to be with you today – but more than that I wanted you to want to be with me. That feeling of rejection either first hand, second hand or a mixture of both. Those messages rarely sent, occasionally hinted at by a venting parent frustrated by watching their child hurt by someone’s absence – almost never sent by the person hurting, and certainly not while sober. 

I watched as most of the people I wanted to be with were together, mostly harmonious. As the animals found old friends they’d not see since last year, it was bizarrely their joy and friendship that made me miss the people I wanted in my life to be with me. The people I might choose to have round me at my Christmas table, not just family but friends as well. 

No one should be kept away at Christmas – it’s a time for family, even though they drive you nuts. 

Harmonious Family 

 
 Old friends