I took this picture on my way to San Diego last weekend. This photo has inspired me to think.
I think I need to thank a few people for a lovely weekend: my soul-brother Edwin, my dear father & wonderful stepmother and the all-round bon vivant Joe Jerry. The laughs were well needed and the time together much appreciated.
I think of how bummed I am that it'll my first New Year without Don in some many many years - which won't feel quite right. I think I'll drown the sorrow with some spiked punch.
I think of Lucas far far away. I think of Laura and Paula who continue to inspire in all ways imaginable. I think of Rosanne who I am quite sure is in need of a friendly hug right about now. I think of Teri for without her generosity I may as well just call 2011 off. I think of my lovely mother and her brave Saul - who continues to convalesce to full strength.
I think of Bill. Mark & George. Diogo. Karan & her our beloved Knut. I think of all forms of family: Keenum's, Clarno's, Kutzbach's, Wilson's and Zeestraten's. I think of Brad and his mother Diane. Diane of Dunsmuir. Fabian. I think of Gymmy - Germany's finest. Monica and her sweet family. Micheal & Chance. I think of two little girls from Little Rock: Alan and William. I think of Mark, a bartender turned trusted friend. I think of my oldest friend Angela. Lorissa & Matt. My new pals Jeremy & Jason. I think of my 870 Hilldale girls: Stellina, Misty, Samantha and Fern - none of whom, I'm sad to report, live here anymore. I think of way too many people to mention, sorry.
I think of my constant companion - a beautiful puppy I couldn't imagine my life without. And I think of the cat I added to our family last year. They make me smile more than I can express. Hmm wait, no, I think I express it daily...
I think of Nancy. And of Logan. And I think of the pain their passings press upon the the hearts of their loved ones. I think of both of their father's - who happen to be father and son themselves and share the same name although Senior and Junior. I think I will light a candle for Nancy and Logan on the first day of the year, in memorium.
I think of all those great experiences I've had over all the years and I think of the great people I've had the pleasure off sharing them with. And I think of all the adventures that lay ahead and my great need for them. I think I need to renew my passport.
I think that although 2010 was harmless enough I'm ready to say Happy New Year already. 2011 may just turn out to be an excellent one...