‘Twas the Day After Christmas

So far, I have survived Christmas with the family. I’ll be running errands and seeing other family members and old neighbors tomorrow, which should be nice. I’m looking forward to seeing some of them. It will get me away from my parents for a while. Yesterday was our family Christmas, and for the most part, things went well. I couldn’t do all of the cooking because of my broken hand, but what I couldn’t do, I was able to direct what should be done. It all turned out pretty well. I was pleased with most everything. I’m just glad it’s over with for another year. The next few days will see if my parents are on good behavior. Hopefully, they will be. They’ve been aggravating because they fuss at each other so much, but I’ve been able to get away from them when they are at their worst, so that’s helped. I just go to the other end of the house.

I hope that all of you had a “Wonderful Christmastime.” I have a few more days in Alabama before I fly back on Thursday. I think I can make it without losing my mind.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

3 responses to “‘Twas the Day After Christmas

  • Rob T

    I’m glad things have been ok in Alabama, I hope the next few will be the same. 🥳

  • iameverywhere1

    I’m glad things have gone so well and hopefully that’ll continue.

    BTW, nice photos. No doubt they’re both of you.

  • Beau

    Somehow, it never percolated in my brain that you were not just facing negativity over being gay, but also conflict between your parents. It is stressful to be around parents who are chronically unhappy and also discourteous to you. My heart goes out to you. Hope that your other encounters with people bring joy and that your hand heals well. May the light go with you in all the places you will travel.

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