Happy Thanksgiving!

For all my American followers, Happy Thankgiving! I don’t know how many of you can relate to this, but I certainly found it comical-and rather relateable 🙂

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Those Three Blinking Dots (Tolstoy Lied)

I fell asleep smiling last night

thinking of you.

My mobile clutched tight against

my chest,

hoping, perhaps, I might find

Your soft heartbeat next to mine

though the final buzz alert from you

has long since faded.

Those three blinking dots stared at me

for so long and

I was certain your words would be those

Of the kindest decline.

Now I wonder what would have

happened,

had I spoke up sooner.

Would this absurdly happy grin still

Be plastered across my face?

I certainly hope so.

Tolstoy lied when he said that “happy families are all alike”.

The bygone poets and authors cannot

Capture

that tentative moment

that breathless hesitation

of fingers hovering over a

little screen,

Hoping beyond hope that

Those three blinking dots

reveal an affirmation of the aforementioned sentiment.

Thank You Technology

It’s strange being away from family on important occasions, like birthdays or graduations or announcements. Today is my Dad’s birthday, and I am sat talking to him through FaceTime. It’s great technology has advanced to a point where we can communicate this easily over long distances, but it is never quite the same. The time difference always plays a part, though staying up is a price I am more than willing to pay. I miss my family dearly, but I still am happy with the choice I made to go to school so far away. At least with technology I can see my family and my puppy, and wish my Dad a happy birthday!

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Resolved

I’ve always liked the idea of New Year Resolutions. The start of the year holds so much promise about new beginings and reinvention of self. I know in other countries there are neat traditions surrounding resolutions. People celebrate with fireworks, church bells, pots and pans, lucky foods or drinks, dancing, or giving gifts.

My family does not really follow the idea of New Year Resolutions. For us, resolutions are usually joked about, just becuase we know we most likely will not follow through on them. I mean, statistically, it is the most common, but the failure makes me a little depressed.

This year, however, I chose to take on New Year Resolutions. Scary! Rather than choosing ideas that are specific, I went with broad concepts. These are my resolutions:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  • Read more books
  • Make time to be creative
  • Eat healthy and be happy

I think these are more life goals than they are resolutions, but there you go.

Does your family have traditions for New Year Resolutions? What are your resolutions for this year? I’d love to hear about them!

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