As we prepare to say farewell to 2019, it’s time to do a little reflecting. Actually, I’ve been doing quite a lot of reflecting, particularly over the last couple of days.
The end of the year now has a number of significant anniversaries for our family. I know it is probably the same for a lot of other families too, as that’s what happens in life. The 29th of December was my Dad’s birthday. This year he would have been 89, which means that it is nearly five years since he died. My Dad died twelve days after his birthday, at the beginning of 2015.
Sixteen years before that Dad’s birthday also became the day before another anniversary for us. My Mum died on the 30th of December twenty-one years ago. She was only 65. As I get closer to that age (I am now 62), I find myself thinking about her even more. It helps me to appreciate my life, and all my family, just that little bit more.
This Christmas time was quite a quiet one for us. We had nearly all the family home last year, so this year it was their turn to go to the other in-laws. Thanks to technology we got to talk and video chat with the ones who were in other places, and to watch grandchildren open their presents. Our local family came to see us later in the afternoon for dinner.
Over the last two days we have been on “grandchildren duty”. It is the school summer holidays here. They don’t go back until the beginning of February. Yesterday we had all three of them, and today we just had the youngest one. We realise how lucky we are to be able to spend this time with them. It is hard to not be able to visit the other two very often.
With only a few hours left until we say farewell to 2019, I wish you safe and happy New Year celebrations and a special and rewarding year in 2020.