Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Chaotic Christmas

I guess you could say any Christmas around here is a "Chaotic" Christmas, but this year's really was. As I wrote in my last post, we didn't actually celebrate on Christmas day. Instead, we drove 650 miles from home that day, in order to get to where the Wife's family was going to be celebrating. It was a momentous occasion, because everyone from that side of the family was going to be at the celebration, coming from all corners of the U.S.A. to Northeast Oklahoma. Nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins were all going to be in town, and that might not happen again for a long time, as kids grow up, move away and start their own families. It was a fun, but chaotic time, getting all those people together for a few days.

We made the celebration even more exciting by bringing something other than plain old presents with us on the long journey. We brought a fun, fast-moving version of the norovirus with us. Doesn't that sound like fun?! Actually, to be honest, and I am nothing if not brutally honest, I think the blame can lay squarely on the shoulders of the Wife's mom, since we had all gotten over our symptoms at least a day or two before we left. The Wife's mom, however, seems to have brought her symptoms with her. "Always blame others" is one of my favorite personal mottoes... While we were there no fewer than 8 of our relatives from other parts of the country got sick. In other words, we as a family may have single-handedly spread the norovirus across the entire country. No need to send thanks!

Thankfully it is a very quick to arrive, quick to leave kind of sickness, so if you get it, it shouldn't keep you off your feet for long. Just to be sure, though, I wouldn't go anywhere without a bucket for the next few days. Happy New Year!
A photo of the norovirus. It's really kind of pretty, don't you think?



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