And thus, begins the New Year.
It is already different from the year I just put to rest.
It... is white.
Waking to a brand new year & the first words out of my mouth were, "What the heck?"
That can't be a good thing.
Not so much that there is snow, I suppose it is to be expected.
I just didn't know it was coming.
I'm just sort of wondering how getting caught off guard first thing bodes for the New year.
Does this mean that 2012 is going to be a year filled with surprises?
A year that holds things I didn't expect?
Or didn't see coming?
Or is this a sign that I need to pay more attention?
Keep on my toes?
Be better prepared?
Of course, it just may mean that I should tune in to the news more often or check the weather app on my phone.
I suppose I should be sitting here in the quiet of the morning, with the candlelight... my coffee... the stillness... and be looking forward to the year ahead.
Instead, my first thoughts are of my kids who, due to choices to keep them off the roads in the wee hours of the New Year's morning, will now be driving in the first snow of the season.
Not with the drivers who made poor choices to celebrate a bit too much & get behind the wheel while impaired, but drivers who forget that significant physics is involved when you combine snow + pavement + a car/truck/SUV.
And that may be my lesson for the New Year.
That no matter how much I try & protect my kids, to watch over them, to help them make choices that will protect them & keep them safe, there will always be unforeseen circumstances when I need to let go, trust them, & believe that all I have attempted to teach them will kick in to guide their way.
I believe it is referred to as "letting go".
And that, my friends, will most likely be the theme of the New Year for me.
In a good way.
Happy New Year everyone :)
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