As the Year 2016 rushes to an end, and none too quickly, I am struck with a reflective mood.
The year has definitely been rocky and filled with far more valleys than I would have wanted or anticipated. But where there are valleys, it means there are also mountains. With mountains, it means there were also “mountain top experiences”.
The financial struggles over the last 15 years have been draining and at times seemed like it would sink me. But, here I a, facing a new year and still holding on.
In a surprise, I managed to stay out of the hospital except for one five-day stint at the beginning of April. The tradition of spending Christmas week at Regional Hospital was broken.
I was able to enjoy a visit with my sister, Leticia, her family and the rest of some of my family both Thanksgiving and Christmas at her house in Dugger.
Most of the year was spent on the routine life with no events, no extraordinary incidents. As I mentioned in some of my posts, this has been a very boring year.
Then again, with my health concerns, boring means it was a very good year.
Doesn’t look like I will be sharing any bubbly with anyone tonight. It will just be me and Chooey in Mark’s Den for New Year’s Eve.
Continuing to be difficult on me is not being able to see my sons, Dave and Kev; their wives, Anna and Hailey; and my three granddaughters:
Dylan, Alaina and Amelia as much as I would like.
Each holiday, while my siblings gather with their children and grandchildren, I celebrate alone waiting for that phone call or text or email from my sons.
While the road has been rocky and the future uncertain as I sit on the cusp of 2017, life goes on.
From the Cornfield and Mark’s Den, life’s ship was never meant to sail only on calm seas going nowhere. Life was meant to toss and roll with the waves becoming stronger and better for riding the surf and appreciating whenever a harbor was reached.
As the song goes, without the rain we would never have the flowers. Or as my Mom once wrote in a poem, you can never climb the mountain unless you go through the valley first.
A heartfelt Happy New Year to one and all from me and my baby, Chooey.
May the coming year find you healthy and may your soul prosper.
Some images captured through this year: