|Julia, Emma, Sarah and me, with Mum seated|
This was our last Christmas with my mother, and a lovely one, family-centred and joyful. We had changed our family tradition from being at my mom and dad's house with my siblings and their kids to Christmas at our place, which we were adjusting to reasonably well. We were still in a big house, with a dining room and a huge windowed kitchen that still didn't have enough room for all the things we knew were essential to Christmas dinner. It's not that we were more joyful or more loving then, but we were more traditional. And this photo makes me nostalgic for those times and those activities that were so right for the family we were when we posed for this picture. Even though you can only see us, I can see all the other people who were there, and the ones we were missing.
I am so grateful to Bruce, my friend and son-in-law, whose idea it was to take this photo, and whose artistic being made the taking a joy in itself.