Here in Norway it is still Christmas. Middle Christmas, we call it. That is the time between Christmas day and New Year’s Eve. During Middle Christmas we mostly go to people’s houses and eat, or people come to our house and eat. The exception is when we go for the occasional walk or run. Or, like today, when our family decided we needed a break from all the socializing and eating. We just stayed at home and didn’t invite a soul.
We watched a cool movie together tonight. It made all the girls in the family cry, and the man, well, I am not sure if he had to wipe a tear or two too. The movie was called Click, and Adam Sandler was the main guy. You should watch the movie. It is worth it, and it will teach you some new cuss words too. I am not sure how you will feel about that. I thought it was pretty funny. Maybe it is because I am irreverent.Maybe it is because I am not a native English speaker. I do think the movie will make you laugh though, even if you don’t care for the cussing. That is my personal opinion. But more than that, it will teach you to live your life now, and not to fast forward it all the time. It will remind you about what really matters, and how easy it is to rush through life, forgetting that all those small moments will never come back.
I was massaging Kristin’s feet while we were watching the movie. She was not feeling good tonight. I was looking at her and wondering where the ten years have gone since I held her in my arms the first time. I thought about how nothing is more important to me than to let my kids know that they mean more to me than anything else. Elise is turning 16 next month and in some cultures she would be married off by now. I just want to hold on to her, lock her into a room and make sure I have full control over her life. I, of course, do know that is not the way to raise a teenager. I just wish I knew where the balance was between locking her up and letting her go to wild and crazy parties where there are guys and other scary stuff.
Click. And our lives may be over. Click. And we are sitting at a retirement home looking back at our lives. Click. And we will wonder if we missed it by spending too much time on things that don’t really matter, and too little time on what does.
Click. And I am turning the computer off, leaving it alone while I go and tuck my kids in. It is Middle Christmas and during Middle Christmas it is the people that matter. The people and the food. And when you think of it, what is the fun with the food if one cannot enjoy it with people?