Friday, February 3, 2012

Put a lid on it

C R E A T I V E - S P A R K
A few years back at the beginning of the year, I blurted out to a friend of mine, "January's a good thing." His eyes got big and he shouted, "Yes! Brilliant!"

It's a seemingly 'clean slate' that we each get. A 31-day opportunity for us to take the nice deep breath that comes with getting a fresh, new year. Indeed, fresh starts and Januarys are a good thing.

So, a few weeks back, I stumbled across this really neat idea someone had for capturing our memories throughout each year. The idea was that you would write down the things that made you smile throughout the year. Then drop them into a special jar. My 2012 jar is a wonderfully, rustic, old blue Mason jar with a glass lid. Then, at the end of the year, on New Year's Eve, you open your jar and re-read all the little nuggets that made the year memorable. 

Last year, 2011, was a big year for a multitude of very different reasons.

On the 'family' front... I got an adorable new nephew, Reed (Colorado Springs). He's my youngest sister's first baby. Then, one month later an adorable niece Allison arrived (Atlanta). She's my first sister's second baby, and my niece Zoe's little sister. I also went to Atlanta and showed up for my dad's 65th surprise birthday party. The look on his face was priceless. And despite some scares and deteriorating health of some older family members, I was thrilled and blessed that everyone who began the year in my family was also with us at the end of the year. My grandma is 93 and grandad is 94.

On the 'things' front... I had to retire the Jetta, and got a black 4-door Golf. Very fun. On December 14th, I discovered Pinterest (Lord help us all), where this memory-preserving idea came from. And at the end of 2011, after seventeen years of waiting, I made my first purchase at Tiffany. And yes, I asked for a 'flower sketch' from Leyla who helped me with the purchace. It was flower sketch #157, and done on the cover of the blue Tiffany catalog.

And I am still collecting the flowers...

But also last year, last summer, I let go of love. It wasn't easy. Especially after two and a half years. But I'm so glad I fell. In love. Je ne regrette rien. No regrets for that. I loved love. And I look forward to the possibilities of love again. Of finding the one who will still be making me laugh when we both have tennis balls on the bottom of our walkers. It will be worth the wait. I just know it.

This year, once again, January was a good thing, in fact it was a GREAT start to this new year. But right now, I'm 'lovin' me some February. And it's time to keep filling up 2012 with great memories.

Allors, here's to a bonne année!
©2012 Wendy Hudgins

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