..good bye 2012.
I had all sorts of great ideas for organizing this very belated blog entry, but as always suspect it will be somewhat scattered, not unlike my brain. 2012 was, like any year, a roller coaster...
Near the end of 2011 I had traveled to Washington, DC for the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial conference. Just as I left I learned that my son had mono and a particularly harsh version. I was on the phone with the school and his doctors while waiting for my flight. By January we realized he was going to be out of school for a bit (a bit ended up being until March). Winter was snowless and so for me, endless.
New Year's Day was bittersweet. I was able to see my dear friend Matt Zimet, who had been able to come down from Vermont to visit with his old friends one last time. Matt passed away less than 3 months later from cancer. Our hearts were broken, but spending that time with him at the New Year was a blessing. I have no pictures from then of another dear friend, Akicita, who at that time was struggling to come back to us after a massive stroke at the end of November. However, today, Akicita is home with his wife and while he has challenges he is part of our lives and we are so grateful for that (he may have mobility issues, but his sense of humour remains as sharp as ever!).
Em choreographed an awesome flash mob Purim Shpiel at B'nai Shalom!
Matt passed away, As I mentioned and many of us journeyed to Vermont together say farewell and lend our love and support to his family. It was sad and beautiful and I was at peace knowing he had chosen his resting spot in the woods near his home in the state he loved so much. I think of Matt every time I kayak or hike, anytime I wander through nature. I have the last book he told me I "must" read and he was right..it was a wonderful book. Good-byes are hard.
followed by a visit to 8-10 colleges Em wanted to check out. Including Smith College.
Em received the Star of David Award for leadership and community service from the Israel Bond Society. We were needless to say very proud! She was also inducted into the National Honor's Society as well as the National Art Honors Society. She tends to be a very busy young woman.
Sometime in April we resumed our week end kayaking (which by summer was often daily kayaking). This is Rocky Pond. It's small but has a very large floating bog-with Pitcher Plants, Sundews and more!!! I am easily excited by some biomes.
I had a birthday in June. I'm 51. Yippee.
We returned to Cape Cod for the summer. Em worked as a counselor at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History camp. Noah and Em learned to sail. We kayaked, swam, played board games, walked, enjoyed countless sunsets and fireflies and grilled most nights.
Let's see, moving on to..
Em went back to Smith for an overnight and came back more determined then ever to go there for college. She sent her early app. on November 15, on December 12 she got the best Chanukkah gift ever, her acceptance letter!!!!!!!!!
Gordo, my friend Greg's dog, was discovered to have advanced cancer. He died just before Thanksgiving after several heroic weeks of medical care at home. He was a dog that thought he was human and we miss him.
Thanksgiving was spent with my Mom and dear friends at their beautiful new home.
So. Now it's the year end. Chanukah happened. Christmas happened. We saw Les Mis, The Hobbit and Skyfall. There was Chinese food and my Mom's birthday celebration (known in some places as Christmas Eve). I baked many, many things and made Apple Cider Caramels. I made my weightloss goal for the end of the year. Noah entered HS and made highest honors, while still gaming daily. Em continues to do all of the things and do them well. John and I are happy enough. The 7 birds, 2 frogs and hedgehog are happy. It's been a rough ride in places but, sitting here in my warm home, fresh snow on the ground, my family close...it's all blessings.