“Joy to the world! All the boys and girls! Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea! Joy to you and me!”
I had to wait until after my holiday celebration with my kids to post this contribution. I knew that there would be plenty of joy to photograph when we got together. My kids have great, big, laughing faces, exuberance, enthusiasm, and loads of energy…and they always have. But now that they’re in their 20s, they also have the ability to focus on a serious philosophical conversation and communicate deeply personal insights…for a while, anyway. The spontaneous laughter, the spontaneous song with harmony, the spontaneous dance around the room – these are part of every Galasso get-together. Costumes and hats frequently make an appearance as well. It is really a privilege to be related to these young people because we all genuinely like each other. We are good, kind, positive, broad-minded folk, to be honest, and I am grateful for all the circumstances that helped that to happen.
And food! I have to mention food. It is such a joy to gather to prepare and eat from the marvelous bounty that sustains and delights. Wine (in a long-stemmed sippy cup, no less! Sometimes preschool isn’t so remote, even after you’ve grown up), cheese (truffle gouda & goat cheese, espresso hard cheese), roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and pickled watermelon rind, potato salad with fresh tarragon, broccoli & kale salad with bacon vinaigrette, Mediterranean spaghetti squash with feta and olives, mince pie, and Fireball whiskey bread pudding. Next morning: creme brulee French toast. So much tasty! Very goodness! Wow!
I wish you all joy and peace in the coming year, and an increasing ability to take joy in every moment of being alive. Celebration is an attitude that can be part of every single day, no matter what. I like to remember that.