I wrote my 93-year-old Dad a quick note to wish him a Merry Christmas Eve and told him of how I was missing my boy. He wrote back (loosely translated from the French):
I understand your emotions, particularly at this time of year. But look at it on the bright side, your boys are getting an excellent education (to ensure a good living). It warms the heart.Sniff. I thought I was done crying.
I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, especially good HEALTH.
Your Dad who does not forget you.
Today we are headed for my sister Doreen's for Christmas dinner and although it's not like having Tristan home, we will be surrounded by the warm hug of her large family with numerous little ones running about.