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Reflections on New Year

I always find New Year a difficult time. As ever it seems only yesterday that we were welcoming in the last one and now here we are saying goodbye to it. Where did it go? What happened? What did we achieve? The relentless drip, drip, drip of time passing. It is not a good time, in the depths of a dark, gloomy, British winter, to be reminded of your mortality...

Just before New Year, N told some friends that he would be glad to see the back of 2012. I questioned him on that, mainly on the basis that, although I knew he had had a heavy blow struck him at work this year, there had been many other things that had made 2012 memorable. Not least of all, we had begun it on the other side of the world, together as a family, finally doing something which we had been promising ourselves for years - a far-flug trip with our girls, before they grow too old, and a mini sabbatical for N after so many years of relentless hours at a demanding job. As we toasted it in, sitting outside on the deck of …