2007 is going to be the year that rocks. 2006, you see, was the year that most certainly did not. I hadn't really realized what a trying year it had been until a wonderful friend pointed it out to me, as I shared our most recent sad news with her. I don't think I had taken the time to step back and look at the last 12 months at a whole and instead just kept focusing on each event as it happened, working on getting through it.This particular friend has in fact been very supportive through many of the low points of our year, and commented that she was sorry we had "had such a crummy year." Hearing her say that I thought back to what she meant, and well there are many events I won't talk about here but suffice it to say that Martin's dad passing away this year was in and of itself enough to mark '06 as no friend of mine. After I hung up the phone from talking with her I thought back over the year and the various hospital visits, traumas, disappointments and tears it had brought and I thought to myself: "Well 2006, you and I are officially through."
I also found myself wondering how it was that I had managed to miss just what a lame year it had been until she pointed it out and I think that had a lot to do with just focusing on each event as it happened and working to make it through rather than taking a look at the bigger picture. Also, and here's where things get sticky sweet so forgive me, there's our house. By our house I don't really mean the wood and plaster frames that keep the heat in (sort of). To me, our house is very much about us -- me and Martin, and Little Miss P -- and the time we spend in it, the creative ways we try to make it better and hold it all together, and the various projects we undertake in and around it.In fact, if it weren't for the joy, peace and and frankly a little more in the way of surprise tickling attacks then I'd prefer, that goes on our house I'm not sure that I would have made it through this year in tact.
But enough about this year, which sucked by the way, and onto next year. While I recognize the lack of measurable difference in the way of the world from 11:59 on the 31st of December to 12:01 on January 1st, I have decided to take the shift as a marker of better things to come. This will be our year. I'm sure that renovations will still take three times as long as expected and that many sewing projects will still require unpicking and restarting in 2007 as those are just the realities of life. But I will do my best to ensure that the big life stuff this year brings joy and not sadness to me, Martin, our family and those close to us. And I'm so looking forward to sharing that joy here. So whether your 2006 was a trial or a joy, I hope your 2007 blows its socks off and I'm so looking forward to hearing about it.