Hello and welcome! I know it is cold outside, so I’ll get you something to drink right away to help you warm up. Our orange tabby cat – named Ryan Seacrest because he always wants to be the center of attention – will also be more than happy to warm up your lap for you.
I hope you like games! We’ll play cards, or charades, or even Trivial Pursuit. If you haven’t played before, we’ll show you. We’re not very good anyways; playing is mostly an excuse to relax, chat, and enjoy each other’s company.
How have you been lately? The good, the bad, the mundane – I want to hear it all. Your life is important to me. I know the past year has been hard for many. But you are a shining star, and I just so love cheering for your personal triumphs. I love your stories, so please keep sharing them.
After a few hands of the game, my kiddo will be done being patient and will be demanding a dance party. He’s five, and very persuasive, so I hope you will join in the fun. We’ll take turns picking the music, so think about what you want to add to the playlist. The kiddo is all about Abba and Lady Gaga, I enjoy 90’s pop, and my hubby will probably add some Frank Sinatra. So let’s dance and sing like the goofballs we are.
Is it alright if we wrap up the evening with a movie? You can choose what we watch. But there is just something so peaceful about watching a familiar movie, curling up under a bunch of blankets, and sitting in a comfortable silence surrounded by people who love you. And YOU, my darling, are loved.
Before you leave, I need to tell you something. I need to hold both of your hands, look into your eyes, and thank you. Thank you for being such a great role-model for my son. Thank you for showing him that living your true life is worth the risk. Thank you for showing him that bravery is continuing to put love out into the world, even after hard times. Thank you for showing him how brightly you shine, and inspiring him to do the same.
And finally, thank you so much for sharing your time with us. You bring so much to the celebration, and it wouldn’t have been the same without you. Stay warm out there, and know that we are thinking about you and looking forward to seeing you again.