I seem to have taken a bit of an unplanned holiday from the blog … although if I’d thought about it I would have known that regular posting over this chaotic period would not be a priority, and told everybody not to expect too much.
How was your Christmas?
Ours was white.
It was accompanied by (to blow my own trumpet, deservedly I might say) perfectly executed food.
And understated decorations.
It was, gloriously, blessedly, filled to overflowing with family from both sides of the globe.
At its apex, Uncle J did a haka for the Hungarians. The most incredible, perfect thing. And I cried. With love for the people who were finally there, and for all the people who weren’t. For the distance that defines us. For the chasm that is not geographical but cultural and will never be breached, no matter how warm and altruistic our intentions. For that warmth, that altruism, in spite of it. For my beautiful, beautiful family Here and There.
How was your New Year’s?
Ours was nicely balanced – a boozy night with friends on the 30th and then a lovely little celebration with Hungarian cousins on the 31st. A struggle to stay awake until 12; a quick ooh and aah at some modest street fireworks, and a thankful stumble into a warm and populous bed (without the subject having ever exactly being discussed, Maja has been in our bed through the night a lot recently – by choice rather than in resignation, funnily enough. All three of us have just been quietly, harmoniously appreciating the closeness …).
And our 2013?
I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a bit wonderful. I have plans – for me, for our family, for this blog. I’ll keep you posted.