I had my final therapy session of the year on december 19th. i dont see eileen again until january 9th. i was anxious thinking i might not be able to make it without contact. she asked if i’d like to do a phone check in on January 3rd. I jumped at the chance. She asked me to text her on the 3rd to remind her. I was happy with that arrangement, and figured I could make it through because I still had dr. barrys support and I would be seeing her over the christmas break. So not seeing my therapist didnt seem so bad. And I knew I could email her and even though she wouldnt be checking emails until after christmas, the emails would be there and she would get back to me as soon as possible. I did email her on christmas eve. I sent a long email about our work together, telling her how much I appreciate her and how grateful I am that she is my therapist. Then yesterday christmas day I decided to text her. It was unplanned. The littles were all asking if we could text her to wish her merry christmas so I finally gave in and just did it. And she texted us back to say merry christmas and she hoped we were having a good day. Immediately I felt gratitude and a lot of love towards her. She had taken time out of her day with her family to check in with us and that felt so special to me. I took the opportunity to tell her about the email I had sent her. She said she’d look at it after christmas, and thats ok, I wasnt telling her so she’d look at it right away, it just felt important to let her know it was there. I’m glad I reached out to her. And I’m even more glad that she responded to us. It feels good to know that she is thinking of us and having a check in at christmas that wasnt planned was nice.