Yesterday we walked the footpath at Barr Lake Wildlife Refuge. The geese were mostly quiet with an occasional muffled honk and a few sliding on the ice while others stood on one leg, head tucked neatly under one wing. A serene scene for winding down 2003.
Today I tackle my last "To Do" for 2003: Finish my Happy New Year letter to friends and family. I've made a list of what I want to include. I've even selected a couple of photos. I just need to do the writing.
Personally it has been a banner year. We've added a daughter-in-law and a fiancé to our family. We've traveled, learned, loved and had love returned. Our children are happy, healthy and employed at work they enjoy. We have, however, grieved for our country, for the questionable war, the bungled reconstruction, the loss of respect and cooperation by other countries--and the loss of too many young lives. I have an old faded T-shirt from the time when another war took the life of my brother: "Peace Around the World" is the caption written over flags of countries shaped into a peace sign. I've begun to wear that shirt again--at home--on cleaning day, just to remind myself that peace is possible.
The old year slips away and it is my hope that only optimism, health and peace filter into the New Year.