An update - an a lesson learned in life. Never stop talking to those close to you, even if they are 12,000 miles away.
My sons did indeed spend all day today at home. One had such a bender on Friday night it took him 36 hours to recover. The other one was happy to step out of societal contact for a day or two and chill and reflect in the company of his dog Apollo.
My own “no-plans for socialising” changed at 09:30 Christmas Eve after getting up, having a shower, cleaning the kitchen and tidying the living room. I called an old friend to wish her happy birthday, expecting her to spend Christmas Eve with her daughter, grand daughter and son. She had done that on Friday night so on the spur of the moment we decided to have a late lunch together at a place we had frequented in the past. Remarkably, the restaurant was half empty so we enjoyed a peaceful no-fuss lunch together followed by a 3 mile walk around a boating lake. It was incredibly windy, but we were well wrapped up in layers of clothing and it did not rain.
Today I was invited to the home of my wife’s best friend. She had called me on my wife’s birthday to apologize for not talking for a month and saw my Facebook post lamenting the passing of my wife on the first birthday we have not been together for the past 33 years. I had a wonderful time at dinner and was made to feel part of their family. I ate the best Christmas dinner I could ever remember having, and thanked her and her guests for their kindness.
When you are blessed with knowing good people in your life, you will never be lonely, or bored. You just have to remember to reach out to your friends, and keep in touch. It could hardly be easier these days with modern communications.
Happy new year to everyone, long may the Babypips community continue, and if for any reason you feel lonely, reach out for a virtual chat.