I'm in need of an intervention.
I grew up in a home that was constantly under construction.
So much construction that for what seemed like forever our bathroom was open and exposed to the world.
The bathroom was on the second floor and the walls were knocked out of it, leaving nothing between us and the air outside.
We would bathe at night with the lights off so that no one would see us.
In fact, the light we used was the glow of the street light on the corner.
The walls of our home were nothing but sheet rock.
We used those walls as our personal drawing pad.
We drew pictures on the walls.
We practiced our signatures on those walls.
If you were to peel back whatever is on the walls now, you would find our life history.
In my closet alone you would find the name of every boy I ever loved, and every babysitter I ever hated.
After years of living with this construction, we came home from a vacation to find all of our old furniture on the back porch.
We couldn't decide if someone had robbed us or if our parents had decided to move without telling any of us.
When we walked into the house we found our answer.
My mom's family had spent the week we were gone finishing our home for us.
Our walls were painted and wall papered, our floors were carpeted, and we had new furniture.
My mom's family saw a need, and knew of my parent's lack of money to finish the construction, and stepped in and helped out in a big way.
I'll never forget that.
Now, the intervention I need isn't on such a large scale.
In fact, it pales in comparison.
BUT...the fact remains that an intervention is in order.
I'm having a hard time feeling the Christmas spirit.
Perhaps it's knowing that our Christmas will be spent in the hospital.
(Maybe the hospital will let me set up a small tree. I must find a small tree.)
Or maybe it's just because I'm tired.
(Just because Emily sleeps through the night doesn't mean that I do. I'm a bit of a worrier and I check the baby monitor every 7 seconds.)
Whatever the reason...
Do you think if I beg and plead my sisters will agree to help me put up and decorate my tree?
And the rest of you?
If you see Christmas spirit, send it my way!