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The significance of zeroes [Dec. 31st, 2009|10:41 am]
Zoethe
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I am tempting fate by saying this before midnight, but 2009 is going down as The Year That Almost Killed Us.

Yes, we did lose Bruce, Ferrett's stepdad, but that was pretty much expected. Unfortunate and painful, and an ongoing grief, but not unanticipated. 2009 presented us with any number of other challenges and damn near killed us from stress, but pulled up short of felling the axe. Ferrett's burst appendix. Kat's scary growth that mercifully was benign. Mom's eye-threatening sinus abscess, Steve's heart attack. My near-miss with a semi. Lower on the scale of drama were friends' breakups, other illnesses, pet deaths, and an assortment of other crises that, frankly, I'm already getting too residually-stressed to continue contemplating.

For me, mine, and many friends and loved ones of my friends and loved ones, 2009 is a year we are happy to shed.

So. Not only is a tough year drawing to a close, a decade is doing the same. I must say that it is doing so with much less pomp and ceremony than the others I remember. Perhaps we are burnt out on "significance" after the unfounded hysteria of 2000.

Nevertheless, it's good to take stock. At this time in 1999 I was on the cusp of a wonderful new life. I could not have anticipated that by the turn of the next decade I would be happily ensconced in Ohio, surrounded by the most wonderful group of friends a person could possess, and more grateful for the love of friends and family than I've ever been in my life.

When I look forward? The future is just as bright.

Wishing you all the best in the new year, new decade, and your lives.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-31 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to it! Yay, ConFusion!!
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2009-12-31 05:42 pm (UTC)
It has been a tough year for your family, and for our family as well. I think this has been the worst decade and one of the worst years I've ever experienced.

I sincerely hope that the new year, and the new decade will be better, but I have my doubts. There are still many serious problems facing all of us, and our government is so broken that I doubt they can effectively address any of these issues.

As usual, it will be up to us.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-31 06:01 pm (UTC)
I wish you the best in the coming years.
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2009-12-31 06:03 pm (UTC)
And I wish you, your Ferret, and your daughters the best for the coming year, and the coming decade.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2009-12-31 05:46 pm (UTC)
In 1999 my hubby and I were seperated by circumstances bigger than us. It was extremely painful and stressful.It took several years to be changed, but Thank God my kids, my friends and my Church rallied 'round, and the two of us are together again. He is my best friend. May your New Year be a wonderful one!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-31 06:03 pm (UTC)
I understand the pain of separation from your best friend and most beloved. I'm glad you are together now. Best for the new year.
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[User Picture]From: labelleizzy
2009-12-31 07:55 pm (UTC)
i am stealing the Stockard Channing Cheers icon. =D

Thank you for sharing your life with us, you are smart and funny and I like your voice very much. Blessings on the new year, and "may the happiest day of the old year be the saddest day of the new!"
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2009-12-31 08:03 pm (UTC)
Speaking of icons, is that icon of yours up for sharing? I love it!
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[User Picture]From: labelleizzy
2010-01-01 01:45 am (UTC)
is made by girl_type, I yoinked it from 10_point_5, I deserve no credit except for having the good taste to yoink it.
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2010-01-01 01:50 am (UTC)
Oh, yay!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-31 08:54 pm (UTC)
You are welcome to steal away. Best of the new year to you as well!
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2010-01-01 12:53 am (UTC)
I wish there was some kind of ritual I could do (not magical, just some kind of tradition) to purge the last year from my mind and heart. Unfortunately, my family isn't big on traditions, so it's kind of just another day to me (albeit with champagne). But I am totally with you on letting go of 2009. Good riddance. XD
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