Christmas Comes Again
The second Christmas was not much better than the first. Although Girl and Boy had a discussion about what each was buying for the children, there still turned out to be duplicate items. Frustrating for a mom who prides herself on listening to her children and seeking out special things. Girl discussed with Bubba and Peanut that from now on they should make 2 lists with different items so that each family can choose something different. (Sure Christmas Lists are probably not the greatest habit for kids, spoiling them quickly, but at least it was a solution to the problem). Girl spent Christmas Eve at her condo alone, relaxing with a glass of wine and watching a movie. On Christmas morning Zip stopped in for Christmas coffee before Girl went to pick up the boys up. Girl and the children went back to the condo for their Santa gifts and later to MammaMia’s for Christmas lunch. They took their now annual Christmas photo together. It was a nice day. Again – a short one, because with Girl’s work, she needed to be there much earlier to get set up for a huge sale day. Things were finally getting into a routine at work too. Girl was excelling at her role, developing her team and becoming a training location for the region.
Girl began to think about the future and her career. What else could she do? How could she apply her skills and continue to grow? Was the money she was earning worth the time she had to invest? Some weeks, if she thought about it, her hourly wage was about the same as she was making in her first department store job. Where did Zip fit, if at all? What would she do if she changed jobs? Lots of questions – who knew that life could be so complicated?