2006 was a good year and I have a lot of things for which to be thankful so, before I even begin to formulate my resolutions for 2007, I need to express my gratitude to a year that has treated us all so very well.
My family is healthy. My children have each grown several inches and are more and more energetic everyday. They are smart and funny and treat other people with kindness and respect. I like them as people and, if they weren't my children, I would be proud to call them my friends which, makes the fact that they are my children, all the more special.
Hugh and I have good jobs. We are not in debt and we enjoy a lifestyle that I know many people cannot. We give of our time and money and are grateful to be in a position to do so.
Our extended families are healthy and are doing well financially. We all have roofs over our heads; full bellies and the opportunity to educate our children. We are able-bodied, mentally sound and emotionally balanced. We have each other.
I have friends, real, true friends who, in the event of a great happiness or distress, would show up to join in the celebration or to offer support. That is a huge blessing, to have friends who show up. I have them and I am grateful.
I have a husband who gets me. We are not perfect people but we have grown to be perfect for each other.
I have a beautiful home. It isn’t just nice to look at, its warm and inviting, the kind of home where people gather and are comfortable and I am grateful to my husband for busting his ass over the past three years to make it so.
I like myself. I suffer no illusions as to my beauty or intellect; I am neither gorgeous nor brilliant and, that’s A-ok with me. I have fun with what I’ve got and not a lot of people can say that.
Yes, 2006 has been a very good year and I will be sad to see it go after all, I will never turn 29 for the tenth time again. My daughter will never be ten years, nor my son, eight years old, again. However, when the ball drops on 2007, I will be there, anticipating another year, welcoming the challenges that it may present and ready to offer my gratitude for its blessings.
So, goodbye 2006, you were a very good year.