Is it me or did 2009 go by really fast? There are days that remain a blur and I don't remember anything about them but here's a few memories I'd like to share.
Early in the year Miss P. studied for her driver's permit and passed. She was so excited and I was so nervous. Since then she's become a good driver, although she isn't all that interested in driving. Oh, and I learned just how moody teenage girls can be.
Sir Richard rocked our world with his electric guitar. By default, I became the band's roadie and put more miles on our old minivan than what the law should allow. Somewhere along the way (maybe late spring), he went through a ridiculous growth spurt, dude, and grew about an inch or so over my head. Let me tell you, that was radical, man.
Late in the year, Bugga Bear emerged as a "critically acclaimed" poet. She became our "poet in residence" and have continued to awe us with her use of the written (and spoken) word. Remember the sleep-over drama? Well, we finally allowed her to go on her very first sleep-over. She said it was awesome.
After a year of estrangement, Sir Edward and I finally reconciled. I don't have the words to adequately describe the heart-wrenching pain, worry and fear I endured those many nights when I didn't know if my son was dead or alive. Slowly we are re-building that which was torn down and I think we're on our way to better days.
Of course, Mr. Man did his part last year and kept me from jumping off the nearest bridge. He and I found opportunities to laugh together and we spent more much time looking at each other saying, "Do you ever remember being this broke?" Together we fought the battles that came our way and when it was all said and done, we raised our fists high and proclaimed, "Another month and tuition is paid!"
And you --- my home-girls and hand-grenades --- you became my "sisters" and my friends. We had really good visits and great conversations. We got to know each other a little better and together we grew in thought and deed. I can't imagine this blog without you.
So, friends I'd like to thank you for a wonderful 2009. And as we begin a new year, I pray this for us all: