A Christmas in Alabama
Christmas time in Alabama has always been and still is a time of family gatherings. For years we have traveled from Richmond, Virginia to Russellville, Alabama making it a two-day trip. We used to make it a one-day trip, but as we’ve gotten older, we would be so worn out that we started making it a two-day trip instead. We would drive from Virginia to Knoxville, TN, spend the night and leave the next morning after a good night’s sleep.
Arriving in Russellville, AL feeling fresh made the trip a whole lot more enjoyable! One particular year, 2011, proved to be a little bit different. Our son was planned to meet us in Alabama. Jason had been living in Germany for the last six years, so the anticipation was getting the best of me as a MOM!
When Jason finally arrived from the airport, my heart was in my throat. I try not to let my feelings show, how much I worry about him, because he is a grown man now. But seeing him calmed my nerves and getting a hug was even better. I am sure there are many mothers who probably feel the same way as I do, yet we know we must allow our children to grow up and learn to live on their own. Easier said than done. But we feel so much better when our children turn out better than we even hoped! Am I right, mothers?!
As always, that Christmas we celebrated with our family at my brother and sister-in-law’s home. We would all have a full breakfast spread and soon the house would be filled with family members from all over.
This picture is with my daughter (Amber), my husband (Michael) my son (Jason), and of course, me.