I can never believe how quickly December passes. Next week we head to Chicago, and after that Ohio, for Christmas. Veronica has been obsessively talking about seeing her cousins, and I’m feeling little twinges of guilt that we live so far away from our extended family. There are ten grandkids, including Jules and Vera, in the Boose family right now. All under the age of 6. It’s kind of nuts, but also really fun.
It’s always a little bit weird to spend the holidays with a family that’s not your own. I’ve been having this conversation a lot with my married friends who are all about to spend their holidays with their own families, or with their in-laws. I’m sure if my parents were around I’d prefer to spend Christmas with them, but they’re not, so I don’t even really think about it. I love going back to Ohio with Greg. It’s hard to believe that this will be my 6th Christmas with the Booses.
Ohio isn’t a place I ever imagined playing a role in my life, but now it’s a deep part of my daughters’s lives, as well as my own. Greg’s parents still live in the same house he grew up in, out in the country, surrounded by farm lands that they once owned. It almost always snows while we’re there, and we always do the same set of things on each visit. It’s comforting and familiar, and very relaxing. Greg’s parents are the world’s best babysitters, taking the kids in the morning so we can sleep in and spending lots of time with them in the afternoons and evenings while we sneak out to a movie or the coffee shop. Greg’s mom rents a ton of movies, has a coffee table stocked with entertainment magazines and little bowls of M&Ms, and she makes huge meals that are impossible to turn down, because everything always tastes so good.
So yeah, it’s pretty great. We’re all excited.
Just a reminder that next week I’m doing a reading in Chicago and would love, love to see you.
Reading & Signing
City Lit Bookstore
Logan Square, Chicago
December 20, 7pm
And then in a few weeks I’m going to be in Atlanta. My hometown! I haven’t been back in three years, so I can’t wait to see friends and family and meet readers.
Reading & Signing
The Georgia Center for the Book
Decatur Library, Atlanta
January 8, 7:15pm
My paperback officially comes out 12/24 but you can pre-order it now!