To all those who responded to the grief of my last post, I thank you. You are the virtual representatives of the support system I realize I am so lucky to have.
Someday soon I'll write about the experience. Right now, I'm just going to try to get back to readying myself for the next (and last) set of holidays. Deadlines are king, whose monarchy is only threatened by my steadily mounting* need to clean my apartment before the holiday begins...
*Apologies to my friend Jill for using the word "mounting." I know she hates it. The word, that is.