I have very little energy for any sort of New Year celebration. I hope that this year is going to be a good one...one filled with promise, fun and new adventures.
I am also mindful that this is the first year that both Mom and Dad will be gone. I visited the grave on New Year's Eve. I talked to them and told them how much I miss them. There is a hole that no one else but my parents can fill. I know over time it will get easier, but right now that is hard to imagine. I have been sorting through photos on my phone and came up with several of Mom that tell the story of her final years...years of struggle and illness...years alone without my Dad.