Solitude Before Christmas

Come this time of year, I always make it a point to find some solitude before all the holiday festivities. The energy in the air feels as if the entire city breathes rapidly like one whole being during the frenzy right before the holidays.

Having completed my shopping, I realized that with only just a few days away from Christmas, I needed to fill in some alone time in my hectic schedule. This tradition must be kept. If not just for my sanity, but a chance to reflect on this past year, to ask myself where I am in life and to question my own happiness.

Luckily, my husband had the day off. He graciously took over taking care of our baby and shooed me out of the house. “Get out,” he said, “go pick up your book at the library and get your Starbuck’s gingerbread latte! Go! Shoo!”

And so I did.

Fortunately, there always seems to be a generous amount of library branches in the city. Unfortunately, there’s way too many Starbucks and not enough Second Cups – a canadian franchise of which I’d much rather support.

Alas, I did find my way to the local Starbucks where I ordered a tall, gingerbread latte, in a mug mind you, and parked myself at a table for one by the window.

For a good hour, I sipped my soft java, read my Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase novel while listening to Christmas tunes played through the cafe’s stereo.

Driving home, the sun started to set. I finally regained some of the inner peace I had lost along the way of the season’s hussle-bussle. Walking into the house, I was greeted with the aroma of dinner, a hug from my husband and the sleepy eyes of my daugher, woken up fresh from her nap.

Happy Holidays!

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