The news that breaks your heart.
The unexpected memory that starts the tears.
The missing places at the table.
Last week it came to many of us in the writing community with the news of the sudden, untimely death of lovely young woman named Gracie. I saw the news on Twitter (where else do you see this kind of thing anymore) and all I could think was "no no no" but yes, it was true.
I post this because I know that sorrow is something many of you deal with every day. During this holiday season, when it seems like the whole world is reveling, it's hard hard hard to join in; sometimes it's hard to not scream "STOP" to all the folderol.
I don't have the answer. If I did, I'd come to your house and share it. We'd drink cocoa and eat cookies by the fire, then hop on our brooms and head to the next house and share it there. Honestly, the image makes me laugh but oh man, wouldn't that be great?
My coping mechanism is avoidance, but that may not work if you have kids in the house, or family obligations.
All I can say is I know you are out there, and you're in my thoughts.
If any of you have tips or techniques for getting through the holidays with a heavy heart, I hope you'll tell us in the comments column.