By: Joy Leighton
From: White Colander Crime
Pub. Date: November 3rd, 2015
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
Hi! Joy Leighton here... Jaymie's mother. I grew up an only child. Christmas was quiet. My grandparents on both sides were the chilly kind, so a kiss on the cheek upon first seeing them after a long time was considered effusive. My husband was an only child too, but everything else in his family was so different, and I've never known quite how to fit in. My husband is a hugger, and so are both of my daughters, especially Jaymie.
When Alan and I first started dating I was taken aback at how different Christmas in the Leighton home in Queensville was. Neighbors dropped in Christmas Eve. They all went to church, and sang Christmas carols. The whole family helped seniors in the community, taking baskets and wrapped gifts and cooked food to shut ins as well as to lower income families. My family never did that, preferring to give a sizable cash donation to suitable charities.
The Leightons are wonderful... they really are. And Alan is such a good man. Our daughters Becca and Jaymie have grown up to be so Leighton that... well, I'm never sure how to fit in even in my own family. Alan is patient with me, but Jaymie and I have had a strained relationship over the years.
This Christmas is going to be different. I heard something in her voice when I talked to her on the phone about her new love interest, Jakob Muller. We're visiting him and his family December 23rd, and I'm going to make an effort and begin with her new boyfriend how I want our relationship to be, warm and loving; I hope she's found love with him. I want that for her. So I'm going to try very hard not to let myself build walls, and instead become a Leighton to the bone, like Alan, Becca and Jaymie. I'm going to open my heart and my arms to Jakob and his daughter. Having children was the best thing I ever did in my life, and I want that for Jaymie.
Have you ever made an effort to change something about yourself? Is it ever too late?
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