We’re in New Jersey now and this is a first for us. For the past 32 years of marriage Christmas eve has always been at the home of my parents until their passing. Being the firstborn, that traditional torch burned on my front porch and the family came to us for the festive events of the evening. Now, my son is starting his own life and our daughter is visiting with him and his fiance. Henceforth, the trek was made east to be with the offspring. This has been an unsettling set of circumstances for Robin. She is handling the change the best that she can however, she has not yet accepted another stage of life that is inevitable. I try best to comfort her and point out the positives of this new level. But in doing so, it turns out that I am being the bad guy. I knew this would happen but it’s still unnerving that it did. This too shall pass. And so much of life passes that we waste with hurt feelings, or anger, or change. But what it really is in the end is just a miscommunication as we all perceive things quite differently in our own minds. So, wherever you are, and whomever you are that reads these words….don’t allow trivial emotions or words or attitudes to alter your love for your families. Life is too precious to waste on mispoken words. Just love each other. Merry Christmas to all of you.