2016. December 31. The last day of the year.
I always find it mentally refreshing to reflect on the past. Thinking about things that made me smile and thinking about things that made me cry. Giving me a new or changed perspective. 2016 brought it all out. In fact, 2016 was a personal monumental year in many ways. This post, in a sense, is my “Christmas letter” that I never wrote.
Cancer and Death
Well, we might as well start with the sad so I can end up on a happy ending. Death. Cancer. It all really sucks. My mom passed away on April 11, a Monday, in the afternoon. I will never forget this day. Ever. My mom had many health issues in her life. And she deserved none of it. Why? She amazed me for what she accomplished during her life. No, she didn’t win awards or work at a prestigious job.
She raised our family.
A husband, four of us kids. Was she perfect? No. But she did accomplish some pretty astounding things. For example, she budgeted her money so we could all eat. And that was no easy task. Most people could not do today what she did for us. And she did it with no government assistance. No, we never went hungry but we had rations. Us kids knew never to ask for a second glass of milk at mealtime. Yes, we had Christmas presents under the tree but it was pretty minimal. There were no extras. We didn’t have a car until I was in the 8th grade. And while some don’t may not think that’s a big deal let me just say, I knew other family like ours where their family did not have a car.
But my mom managed our family. And she did a damn good job considering what life had given her. Continue Reading