Old Man 2010,
you've brought a lot of trouble.
You were a colicky baby,
a petulant child,
a defiant teen.
You turned into an irascible old man.
Yes, you mellowed out at the very end
but not enough to make me hope you linger.
Be on your way.
There's a new kid in town,
So there you have it. I won't be sorry to see 2010 pass into history. I can't say it's been nothing but heartache but it's had more than it's share of trial and tribulation. But you know that...and this is Da Count, time to take note of the good stuff I've got rather than bemoaning the crap. Through it all there has been provision. Friends, both 3-D and virtual, have been there to offer a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. I don't know what I'd have done without them. Really, I'd have gone out of my mind. I'm also deeply grateful that my kids have endured. The health and emotional issues have been manifold and deep. I'm grateful there seems to be a slow upward trend and praying it continues in that direction. As for the seemingly unending financial surprises too, frustrating as they are, I'm thankful I was able to absorb them without it meaning more debt.
2010 did bring me a new job that is in a great place with great people and allows me access to all sorts of free care for myself and my family. That's been a HUGE help with the various health issues among my kids. There's a particular situation I don't address on the blog that has seen considerable improvement too....enough that I've dared to hope where I hadn't before.
So ok, the whole year wasn't entirely bad. It had some important good too. And it's important to count that even as I look forward to 2011 and leaving the rough parts of 2010 behind me.