Feliz Navidad

December 12, 2009

I love this time of the year – in the US. The holiday season. Never in India have I experienced any particular festival or occasion that has elicited and sustained happy spirits since months before the event and lingered for days after. I am not talking about weddings. I am talking about holidays that apply to all people in general and not just in one family.

Another thing that I used to look forward to, during this time, is having Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. I know it is available throughout the year though it does not appear on the menu. But only during the holiday season is it served in red, festive looking cups.

More than all that, for the last two months, I have been looking forward to the 10 day closure, spanning Christmas and the New Year, at work. But then, we find out we have to work during the holidays this year as there is a deadline looming right after the New Year.

Not that I care much, now. I would rather work during the week and just have long weekends. Lets face it, when there is exciting work to do, you do not care if it is a regular work day or if you are working on a day that is off for everybody else – because you are having fun anyway.

I cared about not having a break only until two days back. Because I was overwhelmed with fatigue and nausea the last two months, that I never thought there could be a life where I could see light, even at the end of the tunnel. I could work. I could function. But the fatigue and the weakness, I cannot describe.

But, two days back…. I was out of it. Just like that! Now I do not just get to watch the celebration around, but I get to take part too.

And the first order of business is to get back in touch with the few, but most valuable, friends I have. I miss them terribly.

As for the rest, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.