I did not go to visit family, did not take up friends on invitations and really did not feel blue about being alone. I would not have had it any other way. On the years that I don’t have my children for a major holiday, I honestly don’t want to be a guest at your holiday table. It’s not because I don’t adore you or value you, but it is a lot easier to be alone at home during the holidays than to be somewhere else without my kids.
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I sat home on Thanksgiving Day, in a quiet house with no plans. My lunch dishes lay discarded on the floor, licked clean by the dogs, while candy wrappers littered the floor. Yes, candy — with no pumpkin pie in the house, I had to find an alternative.