As I started the day, the only option seemed to be toughing them out. By them, I meant the soar throat, the terrible headache, the back to back conference calls, and the plethora of other time sensitive work commitments. But the evening was kinder to me and brought with it unexpected surprises. An opportunity to drive by the local downtown, which was sparkling with holiday decorations. First sighting of Santa inflatables and Christmas lights. Long catch up session with a good friend. Victory dance for little Ram who pooped in the potty of his own accord. A nice warm heartfelt hug from Hari, “Amma, we haven’t hugged since this morning. Now give me a nice big one.” Thank God for little mercies!