The Magic of Christmas

There are so many things I could write about today especially considering recent events, but now is not the right time.

Today is a day to muster up the strength for tomorrow and then more so for the New Year.

Luckily, there is a charge of electricity in this house that is unmistakably present and palpable.  The kids are all bouncing off the walls and as I drink my first cup of coffee this morning, I close my eyes and soak it all up.

The magic of Christmas and of what’s to come is fully present and contagious.  The kindness that is overpowering nature’s greatest force, sibling rivalry, is almost comical.   For this brief reprieve, I’m grateful.

For all the support from friends and family, for the generosity and kindness from strangers and the public at large, I am grateful.

For those of you foolish enough to read this blog, and for the positive feedback, I’m humbled beyond words.

For the parents of Melissa Todorovic, I ask for empathy and understanding, especially in light of the ruling this week.  Without a doubt, time has given me better perspective and for that I am also grateful.

Although the Todorovic’s and I have never spoken, my heart hurt for them at court the other day.  As a parent, I can only imagine their internal battles, guilt, shame, anguish and fierce unconditional love they feel for Melissa.

We are in this together and although it seems as if it’s from different sides of the room, the truth is that we’ve both lost our daughters and that pain I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

For them I hope for peace and faith that they will all be together again, able to repair their relationship and guidance to help Melissa face her issues for the better of all.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and peace for the New Year.

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