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And we’re back.

January 5, 2009

Back to work, back to school, and back online. One of the many beauties of working for a university is the built-in winter holiday that is probably responsible for at least 10 percent of my job satisfaction.

In my family, we are loud, frank, unabashed and usually hungry, which amounts to a delicious and entertaining holiday season that can leave us needing a little break from the break. Not this year:  I wouldn’t have expected our first set of winter holidays with Jack to be more relaxing than usual, but they were. Maybe it was a new perspective, or getting to spend 14 consecutive days with the baby, or not driving into town every day, or paying attention to the small things (literally, like the ones that won’t fit into a 9-month-old mouth).

I love that everyone converges here at the year’s end, but being home base means staying when everyone goes. Between the quiet, the disappearing crowd, and the space we’ve regained after taking down the tree and many decorations, the contrast is a little stark and abrupt. My aunt M and cousin Little E, whom we adore and who live far, far from Arkansas,  left last Friday and won’t return until this now-new year is waning. And my sister Rachel, who will go back to her home in Madrid at the end of this week, likely won’t be back any sooner than that.

In the meantime, we’ll have to make good, oft use of e-mail. So far, so good: I was greeted this morning with two cheerful messages from Little E, who had a victorious first day home at a swim meet and is still saying “y’all.”

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  1. January 5, 2009 9:44 pm

    Yay for y’all! I am glad you could “corrupt” the little one with our language! I hope going back to work is at least somewhat enjoyable. Talk with you later!

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