I wish each and every one of you all of the happiness possible in the new year.
I am not one bit sorry to see 2017 go since I spent much of the year in a sad haze. Apparently, I’m not hard wired to seamlessly cope with the constant barrage of change that comes with my current stage of life.
For over a decade I defined myself as the mother of young children. Well, in the blink of an eye they are not so little. Two are in college, another is a junior in high school and my baby is 14. I knew that sending my kids off to college would be hard, but I was unprepared for how devastating the reality actually is. My heart swells with pride for the independent, mature individuals I have raised, but that same heart hurts as I miss seeing them on a daily basis in their rooms and at the dinner table.
If adjusting to rapid fire change in my own home was all I had to deal with, I might have been able to keep the sad-o-meter in check. However, I am now going on 3 years as the reluctant person in charge of my elderly, demented adoptive father who resides 3 states away. I cannot tell you how stressful, time consuming and emotionally draining this has been for me. My husband offers no support and my children are seemingly oblivious as I have navigated a very painful, lonely and personal journey that has taken a toll on my well being.
I put all this out there so you know why my posting is a lot more sporadic than it was years ago. I love the happy space that I Sing In The Kitchen allows me to crawl into. I love sharing recipes, jokes, and music with you.
Thanks for listening. It helps.
Enough seriousness already! How about some cheesy but awesome Abba to get 2018 started?
Than you got sharing. I pray for peace for you.
On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 2:58 PM I Sing In The Kitchen wrote:
> I Sing In The Kitchen posted: ” I wish each and every one of you all of > the happiness possible in the new year. I am not one bit sorry to see 2017 > go since I spent much of the year in a sad haze. Apparently, I’m not hard > wired to seamlessly cope with the constant barrage of cha” >
There’s always ABBA! I can’t help from a world away – but one thing I have learned the hard way is that how you feel about something difficult is up to yourself – you can’t make it less difficult but you can cut yourself some slack and recognise that you’re doing as well as you can in the circumstances. Hope 2018 is good to you.
Thank you so much for the wise and kind words, Carole. It’s only because of my friends (near and far, virtual or otherwise) that I am able to get up and tackle each day as best I can.
You touched on what I am having the most trouble with: “How you feel about something difficult is up to yourself”. I’m going to really try to work through that in 2018. After all, I am missing out on too many potlucks over at your place by being depressed all the time!
Many thanks again. xxxxTricia