I hadn’t planned to take a break over Christmas. But sometimes these things just happen. The days just kind of took over; even though we didn’t actually do a lot, it’s hard to know where the hours went, but they just did. Just being; the days washing over us.
Naps were had, too much food eaten and new books devoured. Champagne, family and road trips. Bouncing on the trampoline, Lego constructions taking over our dining room table and squishing a new puppy (not ours – much to Poss’ disappointment).
Poss alternated between needing to be with everyone, and desperately needing to be on her own. She did a stellar job of balancing these needs; with only a few moments of teary exhaustion breaking through. To be fair, I think it caught us all though. It’s that time of year.
We spent some time with my sisters. All of them. It’s not often the four of us are together; geographically spread over a few thousand kilometres. They are growing into their own people, now teenagers and young adults.
Their discussions of university courses, jobs, friends, boys and travel reminded me that they have their whole world ahead of them. And it bought home how different my course has been to theirs. Not bad different, just different different.
I met Husband when I was 16, the same age as my second youngest sister is now. Not that my dad liked that reminder. The rest is history. Married and a mum by the time I was in my mid-20’s. This was the year I’ve been with Husband longer than I’ve been without him.
As we face into the New Year, I do it with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. We achieved a lot in 2014; we’ll look back and say it was a good year. A better year than we’ve had in many. I hold hope that we’ll top it in 2015, there’s a lot to look forward to, but if not, we’ll hold onto these good years as they keep us afloat in the bad ones.
Resolutions aren’t really my thing, so instead I’ll be holding a glass of bubbles in gratitude and reflection. Taking a moment to look back, quietly celebrate all we’ve achieved this year.
A lot of which wouldn’t have been achieved without the support of you all, reading along, sharing your stories and being a part of this little corner of the internet.
So with that, dear readers, I’ll catch you in 2015.