Wow ... another year has passed. I was looking through the archives when it hit me ... I started blogging back in November of 2004. Can you imagine? That sounds like a lifetime ago.
Back in 2004, all three of our girls were in high school. Now one is a few short months from graduating college and another is living in Florida and working for the House of Mouse.
You know, come to think of it ... four years ago I dreamt of being able to visit the Magic Kingdom someday. Since then, thanks to our family Cast Member ... we've gone to all four parks, visited Downtown Disney, met Mickey several times, and had the best seats in the house for the electric parade and the fireworks over the castle. Man, times change, huh?
Back in 2004, Dad was still alive. There was this huge, gaping hole when he passed away ... and slowly, over the past four years, that hole has gotten smaller. Mom's moved to town and that's a blessing. She's only a mile or so away so it isn't hard to check in on her. We've found a pattern ... a niche ... and life's gotten easier.
In politics, you hear campaigns ask, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Well, that's hard to say. I'd say we're no worse off ... and that's a good thing. But I'm still looking forward to a new year ... a year with more wax and less wane ... a year with more health and less sickness ... a year with more snow and less ice.
And so ... Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope YOU are better off than you were four years ago... and I hope you spend tonight and every other night with people who love you and make wherever you're at feel like home.
Merry Christmas, movie house!
Merry Christmas, Emporium!
Merry Christmas, you wonderful
old Building and Loan!
Hey! Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!
George Bailey - It's A Wonderful Life