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Friends & Neighbors column: Can we please do-over the holidays?

5:57 PM, Jan. 10, 2013  |  Comments
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I am requesting a Christmas do-over. It must be retroactive to Dec. 23, and I have a list of amendments. I am not sure who should receive the request and list. I suspect it would be completely ignored anyway.

The reason for the redo is this past Christmas and New Year was a complete wash-out. My husband, Doug, and I had such plans for the holidays. The plans began when I found a very reasonable flight from Madison to Washington, D.C. We would spend from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3 with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Virginia. We were all going to see the national Christmas Tree up close, go to museums and attend a play at Ford's theater. Oh, and Cathy and I would look for a "big boy bed" for Tyler.

I should have known something would go awry. It started with the airline changing our flight reservations from 9:45 a.m. To 5:45 a.m. Adding insult to injury, the layover in Cleveland went from two hours to five hours.

If that wasn't bad enough, the people sharing the floor at the motel in Madison decided it was a fine night to party. I guess we can function - barely - on two hours of sleep.

The flight went well, so no complaints there. The layover was tedious and boring. We each had a hefty book to read. We took turns walking around and watching our carry-ons.

We arrived in D.C. with enough time to get to Cathy's home, change into dress clothes and head for Erik's uncle's home for a Christmas Eve party with all of Erik's relatives. It was fun, and I enjoyed the family.

On Christmas Day, Cathy made a beautiful meal. Doug pushed his food around the plate before excusing himself. He felt lousy, went to bed, and we didn't see him until the 27th.

I wasn't feeling too well either but was determined to carry on. I was going to the theater, no matter what. What a mistake. That was the last thing I did. All went down hill after that. It was all I could do to drag myself from the bed each morning.

By the 31st I agreed with Cathy to go to a walk-in clinic. After four hours, two bags of fluid for dehydration and a prescription for a hefty antibiotic, I was allowed to leave. Not the way I anticipated spending New Year's Eve.

Doug and I left D.C. on Jan. 3 as planned. We were never so happy to be in our own home, despite the cats who would not leave us alone.

You can see why I want a do-over. I feel cheated out of the holidays, and I want a second chance.

Carolee Ruhnke is a freelance columnist for the Marshfield News-Herald.

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