This is the time of year we look forward to being with friends and family, but in this second year of Covid, many of our reunions have yet to materialize. It’s also the time of year some of us feel the longing and loss of loved ones who are no longer with us. On the bright side, because of what we’ve collectively been through, I think we’ve come to know ourselves better, and we’re stronger than we were before this virus.
We’ve separated the things that matter from the ones that shouldn’t have counted in the first place.
Traditional holidays are fun, but this year, instead of fixing or buying a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, a dear friend and I decided to satisfy our joint cravings for Chinese food by placing a curbside order at PF Chang’s. Then we divvied up the contents of the little, white takeout boxes, drank craft beer, and watched our favorite movies on TV. It was one of the best Christmases I’ve had in a longtime.
Regardless of how you spent your holidays, I hope they were filled with love and gratitude, and if you believe in making New Year’s resolutions, you might take a page from my friend, Debra Shriver.
I love talking with Deb (author of The French Leave: From Paris to Orleans Parish and Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard) because she always has something interesting to say, and she knows how to put the world in perspective. Here’s a snippet from her recent text message.
“I value peace and joy among all things, though we don’t always get it. Happiness is a third goal. Then laughter. Have you ever made your top ten? I decided to write it down. Like a grocery list. I always have curiosity, it’s like a cupboard staple. I want my joy to be abundant. I want it the way people spread butter on toast, not like a thread of saffron that flavors my rice.”
Well said, Debra! What if we all welcome this new year with curiosity, and we spread everything with a loving coat of joy and laughter? And like my friend, Lee Moczygemba, who died this week at age 97, said to me not long ago, “Enthusiasm is so important. It’s one of the most priceless gifts God gives us.” Let’s also welcome this new year with enthusiasm, because we never know what’s around the next corner.
I hope you all know how much you mean to me. You’re the reason I’m working so hard on my manuscript. Thank you for reading my blog, for being such great friends, for checking on me in my absence, and for waiting patiently for me to resume blogging full-time. I’m still editing my memoir, but I’ll see you again SOON. In the meantime, here’s someone special I’d like you to meet: Lee Peterson Baker.
Lee Baker is a writer, a curious, enthusiastic woman of a certain age, who’s played a key role in how I’ve shaped my book. This is her first blog on 1010ParkPlace. Please stop by and show her some love!
Blessings to all of you, sweet friends, and may this new year be full of health and love and the promise of wondrous things to come.