Comfort and Joy

I thought I would pop in for a moment to send out greetings to all my readers and friends.

It’s about 2AM this Christmas morning.  I’ve just gotten home after seeing the holiday in at midnight with the Attorney.

Granny was asleep in her chair, the TV was on.  It was a rerun of “Golden Girls” on Lifetime.  I looked at Granny, long past her Golden years.  I guess she’s platinum now.  Or maybe Titanium, because she has stayed strong through her 92 Christmases.

I didn’t wake her even though she’d really be more comfortable in bed.  She’ll probably be stiff in the morning.  But she seemed so peaceful.  Sort of the way dogs always seem so peaceful when they are alseep.  So, I just made sure she was well covered with the blanket.  Let sleeping dogs lie.

When I’d left the Attorney, he was in his chair, too.  The big leather one with the ottoman.  It’s big enough for two. (At least we make it that way.) We had a sweet goodbye and I left him to watch the lights twinkle on his tree.

After settling Granny in, I found myself doing the same.  I hit the lights and sat across the room from our tree, taking it in from a distance.

I even caught myself doing that thing that I always did as a kid.  As I stared at the tree I would squint my eyes so the lights looked like hundreds of stars.  Then I would tilt my head from shoulder to shoulder, watching the rays swing back and forth.

A private moment of comfort and joy.

May all of you have a holiday filled with moments of comfort and joy, both private and shared.  My best to you all.  Happy Holidays.  Merry Christmas.  Happy Chanukah.  Happy Kwaanza.

Whatever you observe, I hope it is fulfilling and prings you peace.

P.S.  I have no idea what happened to my banner.  I’ll find it one day, I guess.

25 Responses to “Comfort and Joy”

  1. Gregg Says:

    Tony, what a nice Christmas gift to get a few words from you. It sounds as if you and I are having a “Tender Tennessee Christmas”. I’m glad your sentiments were warm and hope that the new year keeps them that way.

  2. Curtis Says:

    Happy Christmas, Tony.

  3. A Lewis Says:

    What a little morning Christmas blessing! So fantastic to hear from you…I miss you, quite frankly. I send you and Granny and the Attorney as much peace, comfort, and joy as is possible…….at just the right times…..and in just the right amounts. Merry merry and happy happy!

  4. Synrgy Says:

    Merry Christmas to you as well LT… It’s good to hear from you…

    Love from Atlanta

  5. yani Says:

    I always love how you can make the tiniest moment seem like a world unto itself.

    Merry Christmas Tony!

  6. Bob Says:

    Merry Christmas Tony
    I miss you but sounds like you, the Attorney and Granny are happy.
    Like Yani says, you do make the tinest moment seem like a world in itself
    Bless ya, Boy

  7. Daniel Says:

    Great to hear from you. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  8. HB Says:

    Hey there handsome! Glad to see that you’re still around and doing well :) Mele Kalikimaka ia ‘oe pu, e ke hoa (Merry Christmas to you too, my friend.)

  9. Blobby Says:

    It’s always good to hear from you – even for a brief period. Glad you’re doing well – as is Granny and Attorney. Have a great year!

  10. Paul from Q Says:

    Thanks. I’m still happy for the distinction of final and last. And you can see how many others still have the hope you will share your thougts. Why else would we be coming back?

  11. Doug Says:

    I don’t know why I came back and checked your blog today but I’m glad I did. I come back from time to time because I miss you. This little entry will getting me by for a while.
    I’m glad to hear you’re doing well and that you found some comfort and joy for Christmas, I did too.
    Happy New Year!
    ‘Til next time.

  12. awytch Says:

    Merry Happy Holidays (whichever they are!)

    Nice to “hear” your voice…..

  13. Brion Says:

    I’m with Doug, just felt like checking in and there you are. . . Best wishes from NYC.

    I told you if you left this alone people would come steal stuff. Hence the banner. Maybe there’s fingerprints.

  14. DanNation Says:

    Same right back at you! And a happy 2009, too!

  15. TonkaManOR Says:

    Happy Holidays to you too! Have a great New Years!

  16. Jimmi Says:

    Hmmm funny I do that when I look at the tree too! ha ha

    Happy Holidays!

  17. Mystik Says:

    Hey Tony, good to hear from you. Very good. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas and I hope that the new year will bring you much joy and even more happiness. BTW how’s the new job going, well not that new but you know what I mean?

  18. Daryl Says:

    Another great post, happy holidays to you also.

  19. Jay Says:

    Thanks for the update. I *knew* you couldn’t stay away! LOL You’ve been getting my messages? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  20. Bob/San Francisco Says:

    So good to hear from you Tony. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  21. Robert Says:

    Good to see you are still around and keeping us updated. Happy New Year!!!

  22. Michael Says:

    Let me add my thanks for the Christmas update – I also check back from time to time to see if you’ve posted anything, and I’m so pleased you did. I am happy for you and the attorney and it sounds like you both along with Granny are doing great. I hope your Christmas was happy and blessed and I wish you all the best for 2009 (it is only 3 hours away here on the East Coast) and please continue to keep in touch from time to time.
    – Michael (Tri-Cities VA/TN)

  23. sfjohn Says:

    how great to hear from you! Glad Granny is doing well; and it sounds like you & the Attorney are getting along swimmingly.
    Happy New Year – will you continue to post occasionally?

  24. me Says:

    I really screwed it up with you. I acknowledge and own that and I am more sorry than you could ever know.

    I’m asking for forgiveness and another chance to make things right on your terms. I’ll do whatever you say. Just please allow me to make amends.

    I remain hopeful. Have a heart and allow an old man to make it right.

    With best regards,

  25. Paul from Q Says:

    comfort and joy
    don’t you miss us?