Our day after Christmas was pretty much Christmas minus the unwrapping. There is nothing in the universe nicer than not having to BE anywhere.
Eventually, we all got a little stir crazy, so we got dressed. Hubby took the kids to the library; I told them to meet me at church when they were done, since I had to lector.
Fr. M was clearly bothered by something--even in joking around before mass, there was an unhappy edge to it.
I lectored, and hubby and boys showed up during the homily (and I was glad I didn't go with them to the library). Nic sat with me, and I saw hubby and G out in the congregation when I did the petitions.
The homily took me back a little. It was not scripted, and whatever he was feeling was pretty raw. It was an act of bravery, and he got his point across. (To me, anyway, but he always does).
After, the boys stopped over to see Fr. M, who clearly was happy to see them.
I asked him if he was okay, and he replied that he understood the torment my kids must go through, being different, being teased, and related a story about a relation he must have seen over the Christmas holiday.
So we had a micro counseling/bull session, wherein I told him that everyone has issues, that life is hard for everyone in different ways, and we all have different crosses to bear. "If it's easy, it's probably wrong, it's that simple," I told him.
He laughed, and it was a real laugh, as if I were able to physically lift the burden off his shoulders.
Some gifts are too big to be wrapped. And usually they are the ones that get missed altogether.
Unless, of course, it's something in particular you are looking for.