Two years ago, the lump of coal in the stocking was her nightmarish divorce.
He was an angry and contentious shark and his attorney, Annette H, was infamous, state-wide for blood-letting. The Family Court judge, Mare Swayback, had a sizzling reputation for plummeting blood sugar related temper tantrums.
The day she was liberated and formally divorced she celebrated with friends – Champagne, pizza from Trumpets and a huge tray of French pastries from Rue le Pic.
The Problem:Holiday Melancholia
After the transfer to sunny climes, white beaches, palm trees and so many strip malls, Melanie slowly wilted away. She was in a fog of depression and culture shock (Shock: there was no culture!)
The Panacea: Friends
In November, Melanie had a brain storm and invited her top 10 best pals from college to come for week long reunion.
They came, they saw, they laughed.
The gift you give yourself.