I knew you would understand, Kathy. Unfortunately, the poem was inspired by the fact that a Christmas visit that was promised since January will not materialize. I will have the children for a week earlier in December but it’s a time when I cannot possibly get any time off work. I planned 11 days off for Christmas when I expected them to be here. Now — well, I plan to work Christmas Day and every day before and after. I am struggling to get through this month.

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I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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