Please forgive me if I don't share the same enthusiasm for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas that many of you do. You see, those holidays are meant to be celebrated with family.
For all intents and purposes, I don't have much in the way of family left. Mother, father, both sets of grandparents, siblings are all gone. I lost touch with my cousins, nieces, nephews, and various other relatives when my last and oldest sibling died.
I'm the last apple on that branch of the family tree. Didn't have the closest relationships with those folks. Probably because they all shared the same father while I was born to a different old man. I guess I was the odd one out.
I won't say that I'm estranged from that branch of the family, it's just that I lost touch with them. I don't have much in the way of contact information with them. No phone numbers or home addresses. And to be perfectly honest, I have no desire to reach out to them. So if all that fits the definition of estrangement, count me as estranged.
I have some friends who have 'adopted' me to one extent or another. And I appreciate them greatly. I don't think they have a clue about what they got themselves into.
But Christmas to me is just another day. Thanksgiving is just another day. Especially this year with the change in my job schedule where I'm working all weekdays and holidays. I've done it before, nothing new to me. I'll live.
But as I've said on multiple times, if you have family to spend the holidays with, if you have family to spend your life with, if you have family to love, hold on to them with all your might. Never let them go. If you have beef with family, get that s**t straightened out. Don't let petty rinky dink stuff fracture those family bonds. #JustSayin