It is almost 2011 and I for one will be glad when 2010 is gone and a part of history.
As many of you know, my family had some losses this year. I lost a cousin and 3 uncles (one on my mother sides, 2 on my father's side), my wife lost her sister and Grandmother.
We come from large families and we have reached that age when our elders are leaving this mortal plain. My extended family is really large. My father was the youngest of a family that had 15 kids and my mother was the oldest in a family that had 13 kids. I know...an "OMG" moment for you the reader.
But you really have to think about it. My Father's Mom (My Grandma R) was born in 1900 and came to Oklahoma in a covered wagon at the age of 5. My Mother's Mom (Grandma M) was born in 1925 (after some of my Uncles on my Father's side). Both settled in the forest covered mountains of Oklahoma in the early years of their life - yes, Oklahoma has some mountains. My Aunts and Uncles (if they were all still alive - some are) would be (or are) between the ages of 93 to 51.
The year has been rough for us. Yet, we still have our immediate family and we are all doing better then can be expected. Yet, I am expecting that others have also had bad years. It happens, it is a part of life and although sad, something we all must adjust to the curve balls that life throws us.
Some folks have had to deal with unemployment. Others have had to deal with health crisis. Many have had to deal with death(s) in their families. My best wishes to all of you. I hope that 2011 treats you better then 2010 has.
We gather and debate many issues, yet, we are all human and have the same needs, the same feelings and same world. May you find peace in all that you do and may you be blessed with loved ones and easier times.