It should have been an omen when you started out the year by basically stranding many in their homes and hindering others ability to even get to work. You sure threw one heck of a temper tantrum a year ago. I was barely able to catch my breath from my youngest moving clear across the country - in case you didn't realize for a mom that had never had that much distance between her and her youngest that in and of itself was brutal.
In typical fashion you showed total disregard for my feelings when you decided I needed an even bigger distraction and tried to destroy my Y. Never in my life have I seen that much water inside a building completely free flowing and raining down.
Yeah, you have been quite the pain this year, right from the start.
I did appreciate the break you gave me in March when my grand baby and I got to fly to the coast to bask in the sunshine, play at the beach and enjoy some serious time with the boy. And don't get me wrong, we truly appreciated all the beauty and the mega pod of dolphins - well that was a stroke of sheer genius. The laughter and good times with the boy... priceless. The time with my mini me... again priceless. Could have lived without the long distance drama in the middle of the week, but I have learned that you simply didn't care, you were intent on keeping us all on our toes.
You threw another monkey wrench into the mix when in early summer we lost our Zorro, suddenly and heart wrenching. I held him gently as he left us, it still brings tears to my eyes.
After arriving home and celebrating birthday's and working on moving you struck the cruelest blow of all. Just as we were struggling to finally complete a move, dealing with the Hubby's worsening hip problem and balancing out life, trying so hard to make it solid and complete you decided it was time's up for my son in law. Oh, he and I had our ups and downs in almost 11 years I had wanted to strangle him as much as I wanted to call him family. He was a hard man to love unconditionally. He really made you work at it. He was one stubborn fool. Who's greatest gift was that he loved his family. He wasn't good at it, Lord knows there were times you shook your head in wonder. But "it is what it is"... and he loved them. It was sudden, swift, and brutal. No time to even be prepared.
You've finished out this year on an upswing, and I will give you that. The boy is home, we've been blessed to enjoy some wonderful time with him. Hubby is healing, not as quickly as he'd like, but healing he is. I have been blessed to have many early morning conversations with my mini-me. She knows I'll be up. She's so funny.
In an odd sort of way you pieced together my daughters family. Bringing her boys back home to her. The fears of a sad Christmas were softened, those kids are amazing! Their Dad's memory was celebrated, his loss was felt. The joy of those kids brightened everyone!
|Ignoring my efforts to get a picture...|