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Day 23: Playing Favorites (or Six Things I Learned During Christmas Break)

Jan 4, 2015 | 30 Days of Joy | 6 comments


the whole gang, New Year’s Eve at the SC Aquarium

There was a complicated set of circumstances that resulted in them all being here at the same time, these college friends: family holiday travel, a fabulous New Year’s Eve party in Charleston, move-back-in day at Clemson. Low and behold our house is situated right here betwixt and between so many of these goings-on; it just made sense for our place to be the layover spot.


New Year’s Day! (the girls and Little Bit)

How lucky for me.

Because for two nights and three days, I got to chill with Eliza and her best college buds, watching movies, playing games, and generally hanging out, holiday break down-time style.


a competitive game of Clue

The whole episode served to remind me of some things buried under a layer or two of grown-up life work, worry and busyness.

  1. An entire day on the sofa in your softest clothes can be a very good use of time.
  2. There’s a valuable bit of perspective to be gained surrounded by friends who tell you God’s honest truth about whatever it is you’re remembering/considering/discussing.
  3. Play. Play cards, play games, play let’s try on every hat at Mast General Store! Just play.
  4. Free food is good food, as Eliza explained to me before they arrived. But a really good meal served in a candle-lit dining room is magical.
  5. Laughter is contagious.
  6. Our world will be in very good hands one day.



30 Days of Joy


  1. colette

    I hope I’m as lucky some day!

    • Cathy

      I have no doubt you will be. Such for to look forward to!

  2. Rosie

    Sounds like such fun! It reminded me of when parents would show up on our dorrm floor and “Parents on the hall” would ring out. I know Little Bit enjoyed it too. Laughter and play. What a concept!

    • Cathy

      A whole new appreciation, right? Thanks, Rosie

  3. Leslie

    This makes me smile really big 🙂

    • Cathy

      Me, too! Thank you, friend.

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