It takes a spot of courage to stand up tall and a bit of derring-do to rise when you fall

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Farewell, Old Year. Adios. Arrivederci.

I'm not so fond of the endings of things (unless it's a project I've been dying to get done or, say, some remodeling. Now there's something I'd LOVE to see the end of). But I do get excited about fresh beginnings. I love the beginning of a week, the beginning of a month. There's nothing like the beginning of a relationship of any kind. I like the beginning of a book, a crossword puzzle---you name it. Beginnings are fun.

And it satisfies something in me when the beginning of something starts on the first: the first day of the week or the month. So, in this case, I'm especially liking that a fresh new year is going to begin on the first day of the week. It's the best way to start: at the beginning. The first day of the week, the first week of a new year. And it's going to be a good year.

Looking back over this past year, it seems in hindsight to have been a fairly unremarkable year for me personally. Remarkable things happened in this year---life-changing things happened in this year---but mostly to other people. People that I know and people that I don't. And I'm fine with a year like that. Small bumps, nothing major. Fun times, laughter, memories, vacations, and getting older a second at a time.

This coming year is a secret still, a lovely surprise that will unfold just at the right pace: one day at a time. This year, our oldest child will turn sixteen. Hard to believe. He'll be driving on his own, growing up even more, becoming more independent and a little further from us, his parents. And that's as it should be, but it's sometimes hard and a little scary to see him spreading his wings and knowing that soon he'll be flying away. But I don't want to hold him back! I won't!

So this year my boys will be getting older, smarter, more grown-up and filling in the spaces of themselves. Hopefully I'll fill in some of my own gaps---the places where I've needed to grow and change and improve.

This year will bring other changes, too, I'm sure. I want to face them all with courage and grace and good humor.

I wish the same for everyone.

Happy New Year!


Blogger said...

Happy new year

9:49 PM, December 31, 2005

Blogger prrrof said...

That's what I've always loved about teaching--a semester goes poorly? Okay, here's another: try again. Waitressing was kind of like that but on a smaller scale: didja forget to order the appetizer, spill drinks down the fronts of two customers, serve live cockroaches? Okay, here's the next night.

Yes. Beginnings are good. And sometimes endings are too.

6:45 AM, January 02, 2006

Blogger jay are said...

:) indeed!

1:35 PM, January 02, 2006

Anonymous si said...

happy new year to you! i agree that new beginnings are hopeful with all of their possibilities! i *wish* to be hopeful...

also, don't let your son's "uncle bryan" teach him to drive/park! :-)

1:23 PM, January 03, 2006

Blogger jay are said...

yeah, I think I'll find another instructor :) (someone besides myself, too)...

4:52 PM, January 03, 2006

Blogger Michelle said...

I'm all for new beginnings, and endings too if they're happy of course :)

4:02 AM, January 04, 2006


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