Here’s to the sea­sonal so­cial flurry

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - Front Page -

It’s al­ready started: the manic flurry of emails and texts ar­rang­ing to meet up be­fore Christ­mas. It al­ways baf­fles me why we panic to see col­leagues, old school friends and se­cond cousins twice re­moved in the four weeks be­fore Christ­mas, when we quite hap­pily ig­nore them for the rest of the year. It just doesn’t make sense. But I sup­pose Christ­mas is a time when, for once, we stop wor­ry­ing about work and to-do lists and start to think about what is im­por­tant — and that is the peo­ple in our lives. So yes, I’ll be run­ning around see­ing old friends and leav­ing them with the words “We mustn’t leave it so long…” know­ing it will be a year be­fore I see them again. Oh, well. Once a year is bet­ter than never.

⬤ Mar­i­anne Power’s first book, Help Me!, pub­lished by Pi­cador, is out now

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