Whoa, Erik, that is a lot to have happening at an already stressful time of year. My daughter and her family have gone north to visit her new husband’s family in Connecticut and won’t return until after Christmas. My husband and I don’t exchange gifts, preferring to spend our money on our annual weekend trip to Mount Dora, down near Orlando. Without my daughter and 2 grandchildren here there will be no big Christmas morning. My Christmas gifts to them were clothes and money for their trip. It will be a quiet Christmas and I am truly okay with that. This year has been overwhelming.

I hope you can get home soon. Your family must be missing you terribly.

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.

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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