Friday Two Cents: Family makes the world make sense


With five days to Christmas, many people are thinking about shopping for Christmas parties and buying gifts for loved ones and friends.  But the past week has made me think about what is truly important during this holiday season.

I will confide with you that I was not looking forward to Christmas this year.  The past few months have been very trying to say the lest.  It seemed that I was going from one terrible situation to another.

First off, I broke up with someone.  This was hard and it took me some time to reflect and try to come to terms with my feelings and what happened.  Add to the mix my mother was recovering from knee-replacement surgery and they found a blood clot that they had to treat (it is gone now thank goodness).  Then my parents get re-ended, no one got hurt but they had to get rid of the car and have to go through the trouble of insurance and a replacement vehicle.  Likewise, I had trouble at work with the looming labour troubles, problems with the children and co-workers.  Then to top it all off I was taking two online university courses that taxed me to my limits.

Every week something new reared it ugly head and there were times I just wanted to quit and just crawl into a hole.  But I kept saying to myself, ‘It will get better, it has to’.  So I pressed on and did my best to just survive one day at a time.

It was like that until last Saturday when I went to my family’s annual Christmas party.  Now my family is a typical Maltese family, loud, lively, funny and BIG.  We have some 60+ members here in Canada and we cannot have it at someone’s home, so we meet at a hall for dinner, games and boisterous conversations.

So right when I walk in, I am inundated by my family and you cannot help but feel loved.  My cousins, aunts and uncles have nothing but smiles on their faces and I start to smile too.  Then after a few games, conversations, dinner, more games and some more lively conversations, I forget about any troubles I might have brought in with me and I left feeling ten thousand times better.

After that night with my family I realized something important that I had forgotten.

When things are looking down and the world does not make any sense, all you need is your family to let you know that you are loved. Then you realize that things will be all right in your life and the world too. 

Hold your family close everyone and have a Merry Christmas.

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