I have heard it said that whatever you find yourself doing at midnight on New Year's Eve is a sign of what you'll be doing all year.
So, ojalá, let us hope that K and I will be sleeping all year!!
Since we are ALWAYS asleep by midnight on New Year's Eve I like to think instead that anything that happened near the close of the year could indicate how the coming year will unfold.
If that interpretation is allowable then there are a number of ways 2008 could go in The House of Joy.
My children could easily spend another year running in circles around the house without their clothes on.
Yipee! All hail the short naked people!
It could be a year of house guests...
Our last guest, my friend Laura, just left today.
It could also be a year of upheaval as I have recently learned that three couples I know are breaking up.
All three situations involve infidelity and all three couples have children.
My friends, the parents, worry about how this will impact the kids more than anything.
My fondest hope, and what I'd like to hang on to, is the idea that it could be a year filled with kindness.
I unexpectedly received a package in the mail from an address I didn't recognize.
I opened the box to find a beautifully beaded necklace with a pendant holding a picture of my grandparents, both of whom I lost this year.
Mrs. Fussypants sent it to me in an act of incredible thoughtfulness.
When I wear it I feel like I am carrying them with me.
Her gift reminded me that simple gestures of pure kindness make the hard stuff so much more bearable.
I hope my 2008 resolution can be to pass her thoughtfulness along.
Happy New Year!