Do you become sentimental this time of year? I know I do. I felt it last night while visiting my mother in Raynham. This is the same house I grew up in, and it looks pretty much the same after all these years. The warm pine in the living room, the large bay window that overlooks the street, and the lighting remind me of my childhood. So there we were, talking in the living room, when all of a sudden, I had an overwhelming sense of melancholy. It wasn't so much a sadness, but a wish to transport myself back to a time long gone, for just a moment. Sitting there yesterday, I remembered the comfort and the love surrounding me in that home. And of course Christmas was always a magical time. I could just imagine the tree, the decorations and the lights. I could almost smell the baking cookies, the simmering pasta sauce, the turkey, the oyster casserole.
Sentimentality isn't a bad thing. In fact, reminiscing centers me, it reminds me of where I came from, and all that I have accomplished since then, thanks to the love and support of my family. So this season, I'm going to let the spirit of the past wash over me, and if I shed a tear or two because of it, that's OK. It feels good.
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