My old (circa 1984) friend Zack
commented that I haven't aged much when he saw my college picture
below. I'm not so sure about that. I think we take at least 10 years off when we see people we've known forever. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of my father out of the corner of my eye when I'm not expecting to see him. It's like seeing yourself in a mirror when you don't recognize yourself for an instant. At that moment he looks just like a memory of my late grandfather. But then I realize that it's him and my brain adjusts and he looks pretty much the same as he's always looked. His hair is really gray, but to me, it's blond. My mother, too, looks the same to me as she's always looked. But I've never really "caught a glimpse" of her the way I have of my dad. Perhaps I'd see her more objectively then. But they both look FABULOUS. (Yes, my mom reads my blog)
I know I haven't been writing much lately. Work has been all consuming, leaving little mental space for much else. But now I'm going to embark on a two week holiday. Hopefully it will clear out my brain and I will eat a lot of good food.
I am only cooking 2 Christmas dinners this year. One for my immediate family (just the 4 of us) and one for my extended family (the four of us, plus six with my parents, my sister's family and an errant cousin or two). We're off to the in-laws for a separate Christmas just after the real one. It's fun to drag Christmas out over a week. But I am
Jewish, so it's our little Chrismukkah; the Christmas that lasts (nearly) 8 days.