Putting together a datebook for the new year is my annual moment of reflection. Actually it takes several moments and it’s kind of fun. And this time, because I’ve retired and I am supposed to have less to do, I’ve downscaled my big book to a much smaller one.
That means I’m going to have to copy my address book. No, I don’t want to put all that information in my iPhone. I like paper and pencil. I’m old, and on that subject, old fashioned. If you’ve been working on your own datebook, checking out your schedule in 2012, you know what I’m talking about when I say, “Good grief, how did I get all that finished?" and, “Holy cow, how my contact list has changed in the last few years."
I’m saddened that my friend Jean Garvey is no longer with us. She was one of the women in Wichita who contributed so much to our city. I got a big kick out of her every single time I was around her. She was without a doubt one of the most joyful people I’ve ever known. We will miss her.
On the bright side of this year’s ledger is the birth of my great-niece Ella, who was born on 10/11/12. Her smile is a killer, and all I want to do is sit and hold her and look at her. She’ll grow so fast, and because she doesn’t live here she’ll look different every time I see her. I’ve always been close to my niece, Amy, and now she’s a mom!
Changes. All the time changes.
And what about this brand new year we’re looking at? Time for improvements! New Year’s resolutions are fine, but I make the exact same ones every year. Guess that’s something I shouldn’t admit, but sadly, it’s true. Part of it is my bad timing. I resolve to lose weight and I do, but then by the end of the year, I have gained it all back so I have to make the same resolution again. I resolve to quit biting my fingernails, and all that works fine until about November when things get really busy and I’m decorating and breaking my nails and, boom, by Christmas I’m putting polish on nubbins.
I resolve to work out, and I do, but then other things seem more important, then the holidays roll around again and all that good food and I’m just too full to work out. And that “spending less money” resolution. Well, let’s not even go into that. I still think you should be able to pay your Mastercard bill with your Visa card.
This is pitiful, isn’t it? At least I’m making you feel better about yourself and your resolutions.
Let’s just concentrate on the highlights of the year. For example, what was your most memorable moment this year? What was the biggest surprise of the year? What was the happiest moment? The most embarrassing moment? See? Isn’t this more fun than that resolution business? If you’ve got a great story, write to me.
This year we’ve put up with political bickering, been saddened by the results of weather disasters, and stunned by horrific crimes. But we’ve made it to another year. And before you know it another year will fly by and we can make resolutions and reflect on the year, all the time hoping there was more good than bad.
For now, let’s just take 2013 a day at a time because one thing we know for sure: There will be changes, all the time changes.