I just found out that my daughter and her live-in boyfriend both tested positive for COVID. Both are fully vaccinated and boosted, as am I. I was with them on Sunday and Tuesday. And was scheduled to be with them and my son, daughter-in-law, and grandkids on Saturday, Christmas Day. The operative word being “was.”

I took a home COVID antigen test earlier today and the results were negative. I’ll do another home test on Saturday and I’m scheduled to be have a PCR test, which is more sensitive, a week from today at a state testing facility.

I can’t imagine that I won’t test positive the next time I take the test, given that I spent multiple unmasked hours with my daughter and her boyfriend and hugged them both upon arrival and departure.

In the meantime, I’m going to self-isolate for the next few weeks, assuming that I’ll test positive on one of the two upcoming COVID tests.

What a wonderful way to end 2021 and to start 2022.

#WDYS — Christmas Eve Eve

She asked me to come by the house on the night of the 23rd, what she always called Christmas Eve Eve. She said that I could stop by and leave presents for the girls under the tree that evening because she would be out of the house with her new boyfriend.

She could have just told me that she would be out with friends, but no, she had to specify that she’d be with her new boyfriend. Fine, I was better off without the bitch and didn’t need the aggravation of her being there. Besides, this would enable me to spend some quality time with my two daughters.

My girls were happy to see me when I arrived with pizza that evening and we had a very pleasant visit for a few hours. I put their presents under the tree and made them promise not to open them until Christmas morning.

I was about to leave when my older daughter told me that their mom had left a note for me under the tree. The note was made from brown paper wrapped in a bow of twine. On the front of the folded note was a drawing of flowers in white.

I picked up the note and untied the twine bow. When I unfolded the note, a small card about the size of a business card fell out. I picked up the card and written on one side of it, in my wife’s handwriting, was, “Merry Christmas. See you in court.” I flipped the card over and saw this:

I asked my daughter what Mommy’s new boyfriend’s name was and what his job was. She said that his name was Jon and she thought he was a lawyer.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Jonathan Borba @ Pixels.

FOWC with Fandango — Illicit


Welcome to December 23, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “illicit.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.