Haha! I just read my post from last January 1st and I'm thinkin' that a New Year's Day nap is well on the road to tradition. I read a book about trains and another about The Grouchy Ladybug and another called Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – those last two were borrowed from my collection and it's been years since I read them. Then I snuggled in with a little boy, his stuffed polar bear, and the pig from If You Give A Pig A Pancake and we took a two-hour nap together! I'm pretty sure I fell asleep first, so mine might actually have been two hours and five minutes. Man, was I tired.
Last night we did this:
I don't really know what to say about the new year… the new decade. I've been thinking about it a lot. I had such a great December and Christmas was so wonderful, but the last week of the year has had some rocky patches — not for me (the year ended great, remember?), but for someone close to me and, oh boy, it has affected me. I was blind-sided and it kind of knocked me off-kilter – I was happy and they were not, I had great things to share and they did not, I felt loved and cherished and they did not – and suddenly I found myself plunging into the gray area where everything is called into question — e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g – examining, analyzing, scrutinizing, wondering, pondering, worrying, unsettling, which way we goin', and what's it all about… Alfie?
I hope it is a happy new year. The past year has had some highs almost as high as you can go and some corresponding lows. Madeleine became an adult, graduated from high school, made a stellar start at college; Alison bought a business she liked, is growing it into one she loves, owns the building that houses it; Katherine found a job she loves, works with people she likes (a lot), moved into her first apartment. My sister began her battle with cancer. Perspective shifts, priorities change, family draws close. We did some fun things. I was busier last year than I've ever been — too busy — but also happy; I've been thinking about priorities, wondering what/if I'll let go; I worry about stupid stuff.
I'm also taking way too long writing this post. Happy New Year (a work in progress).