Happy Holidays! ~ Outside the Margins with Lisa Henry

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This year, for the first time in ages, I won’t be working over Christmas. In my day job, I work as a police dispatcher. So yeah. Peace, love and goodwill to all men? Not according to most of my clients. My job has probably screwed up a lot of my perspectives of things, to be honest, and Christmas is definitely one of them.


One year, when I was on night shift, we took bets on when we’d get the first DV call of the day. That probably seems really callous to an outsider, but cynicism is the first thing you hone in a job like mine, otherwise you’d be a wreck at the end of every shift. For the record, I don’t remember what time the first DV call came in, but I know it was early.

Christmas at work could be like any other shift, if you let it. The trick is, we don’t. In Communications, where I work, we set up a table of food and snacks and make sure all the crews know it and get a chance to drop in during the shift. And we do some sneaky rearranging of crews so that they all cover each other’s areas and everyone gets to go to their stations and eat together. We were silly Santa hats. So do the crews. We decorate the police cars, just because we can. We swap shifts to the people with little kids can be there in the morning to open presents with them. We make the effort to make the day special, because it sucks having to work over Christmas but if we have to do it, we might as well make it as fun as we can.

But this year, I’m off, and looking forward to sleeping in first of all, and then in having a few drinks during the day. I’m looking forward to the rain—it usually rains here at Christmas, but if it doesn’t we’ll go to the beach—and I’m looking forward to eating mangoes for breakfast, and then as many more as I can throughout the day. I’m not looking forward to the mosquitoes, but this is the tropics, so I’ll spray on some repellent and hope that it works.

I’m looking forward to playing board games, and watching TV, and laughing at people trying to assemble their new toys and gadgets, and having to steal batteries from other things to get them to work. I’m looking forward to arguing over Trivial Pursuit and complaining about the heat and wondering whose turn it is to get drinks. Mostly, I’m looking forward to spending the day with the people I care about, and remembering that Christmas is what we make it.

Happy holidays, however you spend them!


~Lisa Henry

About Lisa Henry

Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

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