With the holidays upon us … surrounding us everywhere and filling all of our senses at every turn those of us who do not have family or special people to celebrate with, this can be a very sad time of year. It highlights our lone state and gives us the unwelcome gift of loneliness. Even those of us who are ordinarily happy with our own company are transported into a sense of longing for human connection.
For many years I lived in that dreaded holiday isolation. As my family lives overseas in India, and my daughter goes away to be with her father and his family. My friend’s kindly invite me to their celebrations but it is not the same. Other people’s family gatherings can serve to make me feel even lonelier as I look on filled with happiness for them, I find myself missing my daughter even more.