Several friends, like Jay Preston Swafford and Ed Campbell and I, received our invitations to the National Seniors Games in July as official qualifiers. But for me the dates conflict with a World event just a little closer to my heart. And new liver. And new kidney:
Reading so many wonderful New Year’s notes it occurred to me that the calendar year is no longer how I mark my time.
Our wedding anniversary is preceded annually by the anniversary of my life-saving transplants. In between we finally get through the shortest day of the year which is always a celebration because I love longer days and shorter nights.
I don’t mind counting birthdays because I wasn’t sure at one time how many I would see. My family’s birthdays are even bigger celebrations. The first day of school is huge in a family of teachers.
So New Year’s is special simply because so many people get together and lay out and share their hopes for the future. Which four digits are assigned to this link in life are really rather immaterial except for accounting purposes. Every new day can be your best day.
So come together and share with the people who are most important to you. Today is just a great excuse to start!