My best friend is flying in from Florida today to stay for two weeks. We’ll celebrate Solstice, Christmas, New Year’s together AND I’m having some minor foot surgery on Thursday and she’ll be wondrously helpful as I gimp around a bit. I can’t wait to see her and for all that great time with her!
I’m also eagerly awaiting the results of the foot surgery – my friend Mary had the same type of surgery and yesterday she wrote me that she NEVER has hip or knee pain (who knew a toe could have so many residual effects) and almost never has foot pain (twice in four years). After decades of discomfort, I’m gleefully awaiting a new life of being pain-free and not so gimpy.
And then there’s all the winter holidays – Winter Solstice tomorrow, Christmas on Sunday, New Year’s the following Sunday. I’ll miss being with my sister’s wonderful family in Pennsylvania and with my dear Dad and his wife this Christmas, but I still have Christmas spirit. Mostly, I’m anticipating the fun of Sue and Bill – my best woman and guy friends, who are truly family to me – opening their stockings and gifts. I had fun yesterday filling the stockings.
Anticipation of good things is such a delicious feeling (anticipation of bad things has its own name – dread). Little children’s anticipation of Santa and the goodies they will get is perhaps the most evocative instance of this tingly, “I can’t wait!” feeling.
What are YOU anticipating today? What has you saying “oh, goodie! I can’t wait til….”
Revel in the anticipation – it has its own joys, besides the wished-for event or thing. And get your inner kid on as you say “Oh goodie!”