December 27, 2019-
I am in the process of looking back, at the year, and at the decade. Some things, like saying farewells to those who left this life, and listing the Top Ten things that occurred in my small universe, are best left until the last day or so, of any given year.
Today, though, with four days left of the year, and decade, it’s fairly safe to talk about those in whom I feel the most pride. There are, as it happens, ten such people.
In reverse order:
10. A friend, Judy, always generous with her support of those who are struggling, emotionally, and with help for those who have a particular short-term need. She’s not neglectful of herself, either, facing a health challenge that she’s found concerning, with consistent and carefully-planned progress.
9. Another friend, Jenn, a born decorator and entertainer, who never tires of giving to our community, in both small and large ways. Suffice it to say, she has to do this work, even in the face of personal challenges.
8. Cati, also a friend, who has realized the value of self-love and taking on life, with the support of strong friends and her true love. May her strength long continue to grow.
7. Glenn, my brother, who casts a light before him, several miles long, leading us with a road map of facing what is , literally, the darkest of personal challenges: Blindness. He was Man of the Year, named by the Carroll Center for the Blind, a few years back. The Carroll has served him well, but nowhere near as much as he has served himself, constantly moving forward on his own power.
6. Friend, Monica, also dealing full-on with a severe personal health challenge, yet rarely without a smile and a kind word for friends and family.
5 and 4 . Lexi and Austin, a young couple who have stepped forward together, and will leave an indelible mark on the world around them.
3. Friend, Melissa, who has faced every challenge in front of her, relying some on her Faith, yet not shrinking from dealing with unexpected challenges.
2 and 1- My son and daughter-in-law, Aram and Yunhee, leaving behind a life of relative comfort, confident in their abilities, singly and together, to build a new life in a community unfamiliar to either of them.
There are many others, of whom I’m proud. Some would never want to be publicly mentioned-and I’m sure that is a bit true of those above. Regardless, to the extent that each of us throws ourselves into both the harshness and the solace afforded by this life, we can take a measure of self-pride.