Charlie Harris from Miranda James' bestselling Cat in the Stacks series talks about the holidays
But why the worst of times? Because Thanksgiving and Christmas are family holidays, and I always remember the family members who are no longer with us -- my late wife Jackie, my beloved Aunt Dottie, and my parents. Though I often feel I can sense Aunt Dottie's presence in the house -- the house she left to me -- and sometimes Jackie's as well, an invisible presence isn't the same as a living, breathing person.
I have many wonderful memories of my deceased loved ones, and I feel blessed for them all. But am I being greedy when I tell you that those memories sometimes aren't enough? That I wish to have just one more day with each of them, to express all the things I never got around to saying to them when they were still with us?
The joy is always tinged with sorrow, but I suppose the happiness is all the keener for my having felt the sadness. For the joy I am truly thankful.