I fear I am headed back into serious territory in the next few weeks, but for now—having taken a bit of a break from thinking about much at all—I want to kick off 2016 with gratitude. 2015 didn’t distinguish itself by being an easy year: but it was a good year, overall. Mostly because of the people. I have such lovely people in my life.
My father. After some serious challenges this summer with his health, he is as feisty as ever. Already this year, I’ve had to fuss at him for using a chainsaw alone. He agrees and then does exactly as he planned to before I got all concerned about his welfare. He’s teaching me woodworking and I’m facilitating his time in the workshop.
My sisters. Superficially, it might be hard to see how we all come from the same family. Vastly different interests and lives from each to each. But the core—fair-minded, stubborn, family-fierce—cut from the same cloth. I’m so proud of my family.
Tink. Our lives are out of control, but the knowledge of a friendship that runs bone-deep provides sustenance.
The Mixologist. My favorite curmudgeon, save my dad. As we are both headed for the straight and narrow in 2016, we made sure to take it off the rails on the last day of 2015. She is always there for misbehavior of the best sort.
Isoke. We couldn’t be more different. She is organized and focused, I’m chasing butterflies. But god knows I need this woman. She is sticking with me so far, even though I know me and my butterflies have to be maddening.
Ratwell. Story consultant. Technology guru. Ever-ready source of calm. Also, a good example of what patience in practice looks like and the reason I get out to see nerd movies.
Neal. A reason to be grateful I can’t begin to explain.
- I don’t know where to start with the reasons I’m lucky you are around.
In short? I hit the people jackpot. Which I’m going to call better than winning that $1.5 billion powerball from a week or so ago.