It's been a busy year. Much drama and many changes. We're feeling the loss of what we left behind in Alberta rather sharply right now. More than anything this moment, I want to go home to my people and my farm. But, still, I know spring here on the island comes sooner and I can hold on for a few more months and see how I feel once the sun begins to stay out later than tea time again. We will definitely being going home next year for Christmas.
Thinking back over the past year, some things come to mind. I wish that I was somehow more profound and mature, having made so many changes, but I'm afraid that the only real change I've experienced is that I now have a glass of wine after the kids are in bed.
Still, I've encountered many new things these past 12 months. Here is a totally random list of some things I've learned in 2009:
- it is not only possible to take off your underwear without removing your gymnastics bodysuit, but it's fun too (thanks, Smootch).
- it is best to wait until the cat does his morning business in the box before you transport him to his new home.
- for sale by owner is a rough road to go. But I still don't regret it.
- good times is about people, not places.
- one car + two children + two adults + two cats + three days = all the excuse you need to buy more wine.
- garbage sucks but sea glass is cool.
- when you have two or more small children you should take as many pictures as possible, because you are never going to find time to fill out their baby books.
- if a car is going to break down just one time a year, it will always be just as you are boarding a ferry.
- if children start to whine you should feed them and put them to bed. There is no other cure.
- getting rid of all my stuff sucks. Sure it's a burden, but so is reacquiring it all, because there is, in fact, a reason why you bought it all in the first place.
- Still, I really do not need much to live my life. Just some food, shelter, shower, and a good book. Oh, and a laptop, internet connection, telephone, and a shelf for my book. A bed too. With sheets, and maybe some towels for the shower. Plus dishes and pots and pans, and the kids could really use some toys and books of their own. Also, a couch, a lamp, a desk, a bedside table (for my glasses). And some roller skates. But other than that, I really don't need much.
I hope that you guys can also benefit from these things I have learned.
Happy New Year