It’s hard to believe it, but 2021 is almost over. It’s been a rather strange year…not as bad as 2020, but not as good as I had hoped for either. Like many of us, I had believed that this would be the year that marked the end of the pandemic, but this nasty virus seems determined to stay with as long as possible. Still, we’re learning how to deal with it and making great strides in the areas of vaccines and treatments. I honestly believe that eventually modern medicine will prevail, and hope that day comes sooner rather than later.
On a more personal note, it’s been a very busy year, filled with lots of peaks and valleys. We were dismayed last Spring when we discovered that my husband needed to have a major surgery that early tests had indicated he could avoid, and discouraged when he ended up spending over 21 days in the hospital. But we were thrilled this Fall when subsequent tests showed that his cancer is finally gone, and we began wrapping our minds around the fact that the cancer patient was now a cancer survivor. Making that transition takes a bit of time, emotionally.
We had visits from out-of-town relatives we hadn’t seen in over a year, and were able to take a much-anticipated Florida vacation with all of our immediate family. We were able to include my mother in our Thanksgiving and Easter dinners this year, and to gather as a family to celebrate her 91st birthday. Those are among the many moments I’m grateful for, and were all the sweeter because I no longer take such things for granted.
This is also the year I was fitted with “Invisalign” braces to correct some ongoing dental issues, but I can’t honestly say I’m grateful for that because I discovered (after I handed over the check) that they are supposed to be worn for 22 hours a day and that I’m not allowed to eat or drink anything but water while wearing them. Note to self: always read the fine print before embarking on new procedures. Still, when it’s all over and my teeth are finally aligned correctly I’m quite sure I’ll feel the gratitude.
Best of all, this was the year we added a new grandson to our family, and I realized once again just how quickly I can fall in love with a little bitty person I just met. One of the nicest things about families is how there is always enough room, and enough love, for one more.
Wishing everyone a very happy New Year, with sincere wishes for a wonderful 2022 for all!