When December 31 rolls around every year, I’m usually a little wistful and prone to gaze through the navel. I tend to look more toward the coming year than the one that’s passed though.
I’m reminded how time is marching due to my oldest kid’s birthday being the day after New Year’s. Can’t help but think of New Year’s Eve 1991 when I was two days away from delivering, Mr. Smiff was on “Nashville Now” with The Osborne Brothers. I had big time contractions early that morning and thought the Smiff heir was going to bust on through. Sonny Osborne had an early model cell phone and live on the air, had it ring as a joke, to make people think that was “THE CALL” from me saying “It’s time”.
Lotta changes in 2008. Lots. Not easy changes to make at all and I honestly, last New Year’s, had no idea that by the time the next Holiday Season rolled around I would have a different residence and a different life. It was in my thoughts but it seemed unattainable at that point.
2008 brought moments of extreme sadness, lotsa tears, euphoria, a number of things I never experienced before on a lotta different levels: surprises (some pleasant others not-so-much), a life-changing friendship, grief, eye opening moments, humility, joy, frustration, laughter…not unlike anybody elses life.
2009 is a milestone chronological year that doesn’t freak me out a bit. Next month, I will be 40 years old. I’m kinda pumped about turning 40. Very excited to see what new stuff I’m going to experience in 2009.
I can’t really begin to say thanks to all of you that have brought me so much encouragement with your emails and comments. I find it funny that anybody wants to read my pontifications. This little spot has brought me some wonderful friends and helped to renew old friendships.
Happy New Year, Y’all.