It’s been a tough few months in our household. Older family members are sick (one uncle is currently in the hospital) and in addition, our sixteen-year-old cat is having kidney issues which require me to give him a needle with 100 ml of fluids each afternoon.
I never thought I could handle this kind of heartache. We’ve been saying Goodbye to too many of the older generation of late, and each time a loved one passes it feels like a painful rip in the heart. In addition, I’m not a great medical caretaker—or at least, I never thought I was. I was the girl, after all, who turned down a coveted invitation to Advanced Placement Biology because I couldn’t see myself ever being able to dissect a pig. Heck, I can’t even look at my own arm—or the needle—when I’m having blood drawn for a wellness test.
But I’m discovering that love gives great strength when it’s absolutely needed. After we received the news about Otis, our male tomcat, I gritted my teeth and let his veterinarian teach me how to inject him. We are currently on day ten of Otis’s “fluids” procedure. It’s happening because it must happen, because I love him.
And when the time comes that I must take care of my dad, I know I’ll be able to do that, too.
While we’ve been going through these difficult life changes, I’m finding it helpful to take good care of myself. Listening to Christmas music has eased the stress. Reading romance novels, especially holiday romances, is extremely comforting. We also made sure to put up a Christmas tree, too, and decorate it with our collection of ornaments that we’ve picked up during our travels over the years. A kilted doll from Scotland; a sand dollar from the Caribbean; a label from a lemon liqueur bottle from Sorrento. The little things can truly help comfort.
I’d like to give away some of my Superromance novels to commenters. What activities or rituals do you find comforting during the holiday season?
I’ll keep the comments open until Saturday, December 17, and check back then to announce the giveaway names.
Thank you for reading our Superromance blog. May the season be of comfort to you.
|Otis at my desk|