If you at all remember my nervous breakdown back in mid-August the day before our oldest son, Michael, left for college, you'll understand why it's taken me nearly a week to post this video of his first homecoming since. I remember thinking I had my crap totally together on that hot, summer day. He was packing up and leaving and I was perfectly fine with that. But as the mid-summer sun beat down on my neck as I cut the grass, my emotions took over. So I hit record. It was ugly and raw and pathetically emotional. But it was real. My feeling is and always has been - if I'M feeling it, there's a good chance you are, too. Or you already have.
And that's why I'm sharing this video with you now of Michael's first visit home since leaving for Clemson.
As much as I've been missing him, Mike's four younger brothers (unbeknownst to me) have, as well. Watching them put together the machinations of his homecoming last Tuesday brought me to tears. Their sweet anticipation reminded me about the simple joys in life. Family. Laughter. And being together.
Enjoy a slice of my life as I wish each and every one of you the magic and joy of this holiday season. It's not about what you have or what you get. It's about how - and who - you love.