Wednesday , 23 May 2018

Carpe Diem Y’all: How To Hug A Porcupine

“The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”  ~Erma Bombeck

I don’t know about you and the people you live with, but at my house, as we hustle to make ready for the holiday season, and attend the extra things on the to do list, we sometimes morph into a family of porcupines.

And, have you ever tried to hug a porcupine?  It can make for some pretty prickly business.

At our place, we’ve figured out how to do it though. 

It all starts with a little sugar.

We sugar-coat everything, even and especially each other.  Trust me, there are bigger turkeys to roast.  What with all the menus to plan, pies to bake, and tables to decorate (not to mention children to hug, mothers to consult, cousins to gossip with and sisters to help) a little sugar goes a long way.

Sugar helps.  A lot.  When I find myself cross with one of my kids, I find a little sugar on the cheek, or the top of their head does the trick.  The same goes for my siblings and parents. 

But for that one and only special porcupine, I go straight for the lips.

The holiday season is upon us.  Step back, look up, take a deep breath and think sugar.

Carpe Turkeyum Y’all, Michele

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