When you are a kid with divorced parents, the holidays are all about the clock and loyalty. Time must be split and split evenly. What does the paperwork say, the official court documents signed yesterday or eons ago? What are the rules? The who gets who. The when. The how. The pick up, the drop off, the clock going tick tock tick tock tick tock. The who’s late and are they coming and they got the time wrong and I’m not ready to let her go yet because we haven’t finished supper or the presents are still wrapped under the tree.
The enormous difference between who “gets you” for Christmas Eve (the loser) and who “gets you” on Christmas Day (the winner), and when, really, does the Eve end and the Day begin?
There are the big-table-family-meals or just-the-two-of-you and the money spent and the presents wrapped…
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