For the first time in 43 Christmases, Bern and I were on our own.
Josh and Cathy and the Bradley girls called this morning--9 p.m. Christmas Day in Taiwan--to say Merry Christmas.
Mimi and Tim are in Brooklyn, where we'll go tomorrow along with John Anderson, who, by the way, was our only guest at Christmas dinner. We also went to a Christmas Eve party at John's apartment with 8 close friends. My Christmas Eve service was at 4 so Bern and I could arrive together.
Pretty odd to open presents alone after 4+ decades of having someone around.
I write something for Bern for Christmas and she makes me a piece of art. Her art this year was about our 13 year, empty nest dog, Bela and had three pictures of him along with decoration and words. One was him in the snow--which he loved until his last winter--one on his back on our back deck and one on a couch, looking right into the camera. We both loved him so, so much--as bad as he was, and he WAS bad! We mourned him for six months before getting Bridget from the rescue place called Half-way Home in North Haven.
For Bern I wrote "Bridget's Diary" from the day we got her until December 18 when she finally knew 'there was no "next place",' and she was HOME!
As odd as it was to be alone on Christmas, it was fine.
We are very at home just being here alone.
Bern and I have been 'a couple' since I was 17 and she was 14--54 years! So we know how to be alone together.
I hope your Christmas was as peaceful and quiet and lovely as ours was.
Be well and stay well in the New Year.
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