It is hard to believe Christmas has come and gone, but it is true. Now we have the after Christmas sales and a New Year to look forward to.
It is fun to decorate for Christmas but a little sad when it all has to come down and be stored for another year.
We received an early Christmas gift this year. My husband Dale had surgery on Dec. 15 and is home recuperating. We do appreciate all of the prayers, calls and visits. A tumor was found in March and he unerwent five treatments in hopes it would shrink to allow the surgeon to remove it safely. Our prayers were answered and we have a lot to be thankful for.
Before the surgery, Dale received a card from a niece who lives out of state. She congratulated him on being able to have surgery. She wrote, "only a stage 4 cancer survivor would understand surgery being good news."
Cancer has no boundaries -- it hits women, men, and children of all ages.
Sometimes in life we think we have everything under control but then we realize we actually have control over very little. This past year we have learned to take one day at a time.
We talk about the good old days a lot but in reality now is a good time to live. We have buttons to push to wash our clothes, we have heat in the winter and cool in the summer, we have televisions in every room with hundreds of channels, we have technology at our fingertips and we can be anywhere in a matter of hours. Many of the illnesses and diseases that once left people with no hope can now be treated. We hear about organ transplants, surgeries, immunotherapy, chemotherapy and so much more.
I hope 2017 is a good year for all of us. I think with the arrival of each New Year we should expect a good year and work toward what we can do to make it even better. I don't think we have to do great things. The little things can make a big difference in the lives of others. We can smile, wave, visit the sick, take a dish to someone who is alone or sick, visit the nursing homes, volunteer at a hospital or a school, or just be nice to someone. How hard can it be?
If we are helping others, we don't have as much time to dwell on our own problems.
As a rule I don't make a lot of New Year Resolutions because I know I will break them and then feel guilty.
For years my number one resoltuion was to quit smoking and for years I failed. In 2009 I finally quit and I can honestly say it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I wish I had made myself quit years ago. I am sure it would have helped my health and my pocketbook. My last cigarette was Sept. 29, 2009. I remember it well.
Dieting has probably been my number two resolution on the list each year. I have gained and lost the same 25 pounds more times than I can count. I have read the books. I know it is not about dieting but a way of life. The problem is in my way of life, I like to eat.
As we get older, like our Christmas wishes, our New Year Resolutions change. I hope we all have a good year in 2017.
Again, happy New Year.
I have been with the Town Crier for over 40 years and I am thankful for the many friends I have made. I invite readers to contact me with story ideas for features, send in your birth announcements, wedding announcements, and area activities in the coming year. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I do want to wish everyone a Happy New Year -- don't forget to eat your good luck black-eyed peas on Sunday. I don't know about it bringing us good luck but when it is served with hot cornbread, fried potatoes and cabbage, it makes a wonderful lunch and a good way to start the new year.