Christmas at my house is a huge gathering, all my kids come home and many bring significant others. I'm generally very happy at this time, but my feelings can be ambivilant. I have no contact with my family of oregin, and its further complicated by putting on the act of a 'happily married" couple, when we're not. Its a painful pretense to have to make. Also listening to my oldest children, who saw me drunk and crazy when they were young, tell stories about my misadventures back then. I'm glad they can laugh about it now, but its a bitter reminder that I wasn't there for them in the same way I am for my younger kids who only know me as sober and stable. All reminders of my failure as a man, husband and father.
"I get up, and nothing gets me down.
You got it tough. I've seen the toughest around.
And I know, baby, just how you feel.
You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real"Van Halen