Ya know how sometimes it’s too warm when you should be Christmas shopping, and it’s just hard to get in the mood? Well, something like that has happened to me this year. First, we have had shirt sleeve weather, which doesn’t help the situation any, but that’s not really the problem. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me this year.
We’re not going to see either of our daughters or their families this weekend. We didn’t decorate our house, because we haven’t been there enough to do it, nor to see it if we had. We put a tiny tree up in Daddy’s living room, but that’s it. Our only Christmas shopping was over the internet, so we haven’t been in any of the crowds, nor had the fun of looking for all the little stocking stuffer unique oddities that our grown kids and grandkids look forward to. I’ve even missed all the Christmas programs at church.
Oh, we’ve had the songs on the radio, but they start that way too early, so it loses its effect. My Sunday School Class did come by here on the way to their Christmas party and sing Christmas carols to Daddy. That was about as close to feeling like it really was Christmas as I have felt. In the vacuum of taking care of Daddy and trying to take care of myself, it just doesn’t feel magical this year. And that’s very depressing. There, I’ve said it out loud. Yes, I am depressed this Christmas, a feeling I have never experienced before on such a joyous holiday.
I never meant, when I started this blog, for it to turn into a place to wallow in self pity, but it sure seems more and more that’s all I’m doing. I guess I could make excuses and call it therapeutic LOL. All I wanted to do was keep a running record of what it was like from day to day, for my own sake, and possibly to benefit someone else going through similar experiences with Parkinson’s.
I was also hoping that by posting regularly, my keywords would attract other PWP through the Search Engines, and I could enjoy some conversations with other people going through the same things I am. That hasn’t happened, either. Maybe it will in time, but right now the Page Rank of this blog is still zero. It’s hard to move up through the Google ranks, and it takes time and patience.
So we take one day at a time, each one feeling pretty much like the day before, expecting the next to feel pretty much like today. It’s a care giving rut that leaves no end in sight, because only God knows the outcome of all this. All we can do is our best from moment to moment.