December 23, 2017, Prescott-
Before heading down to Phoenix, to take part in a Baha’i conference, I want to take a few minutes and look back at those who have made me proud to know them.
My dear friend’s daughter has finished high school, a semester early, with honours and is embarking on two life efforts, dear to her heart. L is a living, breathing miracle.
My second cousin, the only granddaughter of a paternal uncle, who passed away this year, has finished college, Magna Cum Laude, and will walk the stage, next May. S is also a living, breathing miracle.
My son, Aram, has made rank, every year since he entered the Navy. He has overcome many obstacles to get where he is, and will face down whatever gets in his way, because that’s what he knows.
Both of my living brothers are taking life by the horns, and building on already stellar careers, to see major projects through to completion.
My sister, a peacemaker, is ever working to keep her beautiful extended family on an even keel. Every one of her children is a success, in his/her own way.
My blessed mother continues to show us the way forward, and to send any pre-conceived notions about aging, up the creek, where they belong.
My sister-in-law, in Florida, has taken on the often thankless task of caregiving, which I know, firsthand, means “putting your own life on hold”, while realizing that this is an integral part of everyone’s life.
My co-workers, standing with me, in helping our students face both their own disabilities and the possibilities that life still has to offer, have provided the most rewarding base of operations I have realized, in nearly 20 years. I look forward to the rest of this amazing year, R and MF.
A Baha’i friend, here in Prescott, mostly singly and alone, is building a spiritual foundation for several children and youth, in her neighbourhood. J is another living, breathing miracle.
Lastly, my dear friend, you have stood by me and are always encouraging me to go forward. You are one of the greatest miracles of all, not willing to just survive, but to take leaps of faith, for the sake of your youngest child, to serve your Lord and to let Him carry you forward. I will be in your corner, always, precious M.
This has been a year of depletion, of replenishing, of sustaining and of thriving. It has been a year of loss and of gain, of discovery and of reminders. Those mentioned above, and countless others, have helped make it an unexpectedly blessed one.