Staying Connected at the Holidays

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with electronic media. It has dumbed us down (and as climate change proves, we probably weren’t all that bright to begin with). It’s created a world populated by people who spend their time chasing ‘likes’.

But…. it helps me stay connected to my family. We’re scattered across three continents and four countries. It’s cool when we get to share our various parts of the world with each other. These days, being so far apart is a big-time bummer. The COVID crisis prevented us from reuniting, and I feel farther away than ever from my sisters and nephew.

So we talk twice a week, at an hour when across the globe Niko is getting home from the bar he owns, I’ve finished dinner, and Pam and Barb are eating breakfast or getting up. We always appreciate the calls when Niko checks in at two in the morning his time….

I don’t know how the rest of you manage to keep in touch with the people who matter to you. I only know that it DOES matter, perhaps more than ever before. Our world is fragile, and our lives have meaning because of who we allow into them. Go ahead: make that phone call or Zoom call or visit in person if you can. I am really, really looking forward to hugging my family members once again.

In the meantime, we chat.

Merry Christmas to you and your families, wherever you are!


NOTES: © Jadi Campbell 2021.

My books are Broken In: A Novel in Stories, Tsunami Cowboys, Grounded, and The Trail Back Out. Books make great gifts!

Tsunami Cowboys was longlisted for the 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Award. The Trail Back Out was honored as 2021 IAN Book of the Year Award Short Story Collection Finalist for the Independent Author Network. In addition, The Trail Back Out was an American Book Fest 2020 Best Book Award Finalist: Fiction Anthologies. The title story The Trail Back Out was longlisted for the 2021 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Award. Broken In: A Novel in Stories was a semifinalist for the international 2020 Hawk Mountain Short Story Collection Award from Hidden River Arts, and is now a Finalist for Greece’s international 2021 Eyelands Book of the Year Award (Short Stories).

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11 thoughts on “Staying Connected at the Holidays”

  1. Happy holidays! I agree, it is good to stay connected, safely. Had been busy with renovations, until I broke my wrist ,badly. I do PT 3X a week and 3 hours per day at home myself. I was happy, finally after 6 weeks post surgery to get some movement and blood flow to my hand. Now, I am slowly seeing improvement , but grateful for it!
    I will need at least a year of PT. Christmas was different, I started out with an amaryllis and ended with a 1 foot tree and online church services. Thankful for what I have. Always enjoy reading your posts and honors. Let’s hope 2022 brings more positive days. Still working on genealogy. Some ancestors came from Wurtemberg. Did you do ancestry search/ DNA? I did.
    Maybe we are connected way back. It is amazing how many similar surnames are interchanged in Eastern Europe. We had our first snow fall this week, just in time for Christmas!

    1. Happy holidays to you as well. Do those PT sessions and be careful with the renovations. Home improvements are not for everyone 🙂
      …and a very Happy New Year. Keep in touch!

  2. There is no other option but to adapt to this new way of family life. I also have children in other countries. Hopefully normalcy arrives.
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a better New Year to you and your family.

    1. If you have children in other countries then you definitely understand what I’m talking about with coordinating phone call times…. happy holidays!

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