As we are approaching the end of December, I can honestly say this is the fullest my heart has been in such a long while. 2018, while it had its ups and downs, turned out to be a great year. Even more blessings happened this week.
On Tuesday, when I walked into the library, I had two gifts waiting for me from my manager and assistant manager. The assistant manager is out this week, so my manager handed me the gifts. I thanked her and mentioned I don’t open gifts until Christmas. She understood because she does the same thing too. Then today, another library co-worker handed me a gift and my other co-worker gave me a Solstice card. She knows I don’t celebrate Christmas and wanted to wish me good tidings of the season. It touched my heart; all of these gestures touched my heart this week. I am grateful and I am blessed. I love these women and the library has become like family in the 12 years since I’ve worked there.
I hope that this doesn’t seem like a gift grab and my reason for being thankful is selfish. On Tuesday, I handed my co-workers ornaments and GF cookies I made, along with cards and (to some) newsletters. The co-worker that gave me the Solstice card is Jewish and she was grateful that I wished her a Chag Sameach during Hanukkah. I wasn’t looking for gifts, but I wanted to spread good cheer. Co-workers at both jobs wanted to spread cheer too.
I’ve had a full year with both jobs. I welcomed in 2018 by celebrating with the library. In January, the library hosted a winter party that was complete with a white elephant game, food, and games. We had a lot of fun and built community. I framed (magnet frame) the group photo for my manager and assistant manager.
On Tuesday, my full-time job held a holiday party. I sat with a few analysts and we had fun playing pictionary. Dan drew a thermometer, but it looked phallic and that caused quite the commotion in laughs. All in good fun! We also had a white elephant game and built community. This was my first holiday gluten-free and I’m glad no one said anything since I made my own GF chicken marsala and orzo.
I feel full this holiday season. While I don’t celebrate, I participate and I have fun participating. Tis the season for joy and love – my heart is filled with both.
What are you thankful for?