Happiness is Uncle Mike Christmas

Happiness is Uncle Mike Christmas

happiness, familyI have lived on the west coast for the last 20 years and most of my family lives on the east coast.  So each year for Christmas I need to ship my gifts east around Thanksgiving to get them to people before the holiday.  This year of course I was right in the middle of quitting my job, selling my house and preparing for my upcoming Appalachian Trail hike.  So unfortunately I didn’t have the time, however, since I was driving east prior to the hike my plan was an alternate Christmas with my family, particularly my nieces and nephews.  I have 6 between the ages of 1 and 13.

Thus the idea of Uncle Mike Christmas was born, exactly one month behind schedule.  Today was that day of course and it was quite wonderful to get a chunk of the family together and to have 5 out of the 6 in attendance, I get to see the littlest one, Yogi next weekend.  The kids were off the wall of course and I got more than my fair share of both physical abuse and hugs.  The best part is watching them play and get to know each other better.  The last time I pulled this group together,  little Tessi the Terrible was the two-year old chasing around behind her older cousins, today her cousin Rooney was at a similar age and doing the trailing.

A really wonderful gathering that made for some wonderful memories, hosted by my sister and brother-in-law, thank you.  So I had a happy day my friends, I hope you did to.

~ Rev Kane

 

OTHER PIECES YOU MIGHT ENJOY…

Appalachian Trail Happiness: A Start

Happiness & Simplicity

Happiness Resources: The Power of Hugs

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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