The Return of the Holiday Prodigal

Published at Bearings on December 19, 2014.

I glance at their website one more time. I admire the red door. I linger on their tagline a bit longer. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. These words make me want to return. Maybe I will soon. Maybe I want my memories to be untarnished a bit longer. Or maybe the bells of Christmas will sound a safe moment to return, to blend—as much as anyone can with two energetic kids in tow—into the holiday crowd. Maybe then I’ll start to get my bearings back, to begin my return, even if, for now, I can’t promise I’ll stay.