Thursday, January 1, 2009
Here we go again...
I'm very much looking forward to 2009. These past few years have been tumultuous ones in our house as we've had to deal with the deaths of both our mothers - each a loving and strong presence in our lives all these years. This year alone we we had a son marry (a happy but stressful time!), lost a parent (again), and spent more than a normal amount of time in hospitals and doctor's offices for various reasons. (It really is all about patching I guess!).
I'm a pretty optimistic person by nature and I choose to look for the best in both people and situations. But I find that at this point in my life there'r more surprises around every turn of the calendar page than I like - and it can be disconcerting. It's an odd time of life, this middle-age period, with parents dying, children leaving home, friends moving away, long-time ties severed or changed. It's a time of great change in so many ways and I must say I was unprepared for it. I had been expecting a simpler time, when we would kick back our heels and relax, enjoying the fruits of our labor. But that has not been the case so far. Perhaps we'll be able to do more of that in this new year.
So I gladly say goodbye to 2008 - although it had its high points it will not be missed! And I welcome 2009 - hopefully a better year.