My previous post on Christmas was perhaps somewhat melancholy; the ‘drudgery’ of having Christmas as a couple instead of a family makes it sound like we spent the festive period haplessly staring at a half drunk bottle of sherry and wondering ‘what if…’
The reality is slightly different. We have great fun, and spend much needed time with our friends and family; time which is becoming more and more of a premium, so I promise – you don’t hear any complaints about Christmas from me.
This Christmas was just that little bit better though.
Having been matched shortly before, the end of year holiday marked a substantial break for my wife and I. It was the conclusion of four years of pain, heartache, hard work and determination; it was the end of one process, and the start of a new one. The hard work and determination will continue, but in a different manner.
It was more than the end of a chapter; it felt more like the beginning of the next part. This was our Return of the Jedi, having survived The Empire Strikes Back.
The Christmas was again spent with friends and family, but the stranglehold of ‘maybe next year’ had released its grip, and the more pleasant feeling of ‘this time next month’ seeped into our psyche.
We enjoyed a Christmas reflecting on the year, but perhaps more pertinently, mentally preparing for the next one. No more will we question the next step. Our sleeves are rolled up, and we are well and truly in amongst it now. The pace is gathering, and whilst I still remain sitting here with my fingers crossed, I am growing in confidence about saying that fatherhood is just around the corner.
We had better finish that Sherry off.
—To everyone who follows this blog, and know me personally – Thank you for your continued support. I hope you had a great Christmas, and all the best for 2013.