My last post was a carefully selected group of photos; a cropped, enhanced and arranged collage of happy holiday moments. My friend Roz commented that for her it showed a “close to perfect” Christmas.
But of course it was “cherry picked”, it was not the whole story, it was unbalanced even. So here are a few more photos to complete the picture.
Family times together generate mess as well as magic. Preparations included buying toilet paper as well as wrapping paper; paracetamol as well as sweets. On a quick trip to the shops we picked up more cat litter as well as milk . (Visiting cat, confined to the house for a week gave us some smelly moments as well as furry fun.)
Yes, we laughed together, played games, watched TV and ate. But there was still the washing up, rubbish to collect, spills to clean and general messy aftermath. It was lovely to have several uninterrupted days of togetherness, but there was the sadness of missing absent family, away or now gone, and our traditions have to change as we all grow older and circumstances are different. There was frustration, irritation and disappointment too, misunderstanding and muddle. Sometimes quite upsetting and far from “perfect” in the usual “as good as possible” understanding of the word.
However, the dictionary definition of “perfect” does include such concepts as “complete” “accurate” and “real”. So perhaps the disharmony, the mess, rubbish and stinky moments are all part of the perfect whole.
Wishing you a “close to perfect” New Year!