Now readers we come full circle. Thanksgiving 2012, I am trimming my tiny tree, sealing Christmas cards, and writing my first blog post for the 2012 holiday season – my favorite time of the year. I look at my Snoopy holiday stationary (so I can pen pal my babies – prefer handwritten notes). A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is on the television. It is then that I recall my niece’s sage advice this time last year – “auntie isn’t it time to heal and forgive.” Tis the season and Snoopy wouldn’t want to be the source of division between two siblings during Christmas.
I resolved that I would heal and forgive my eldest sister for the intentional infliction of emotional distress and malicious cruelty toward my beloved Snoopy Sno Cone Maker. How could I write about joy, goodness, and kindness if I didn’t extend it to her? I can’t be a hypocrite – not to you my readers. I would be the better person. I would forgive and extend the olive branch to my sister. I took out my Snoopy holiday stationary and wrote a heart felt note to my older sister. I told her that the reason for the season and Snoopy would not approve of this dissension among the family. Therefore, I was willing to forgive her past transgression.
Twenty years, I waited for Snoopy. When I finally received him, our union was joyous and brief. For the past ten years, my Christmas soul lay wounded. Now, as testament to the old saying that “time heals,” I stand before you with a clear conscious. I have done my best to mend this breach.
Readers, I know what you are thinking. “Such affability and condescension” on my behalf is such that only Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr. Collins could fully appreciate 🙂