As many of you know, 2013 was a really crappy year for our family. I hesitated to even send out holiday cards this year, because the past eight months have been rough. A huge loss followed by a shocking diagnosis — not exactly the year I wanted to remember. However, taking the holiday photo of my boys is always an “event” and each year, I kind of look forward to taking a funny or theme-related photo. The boys usually agree, although sometimes a few bribes are thrown in to make it happen the way I want.
The card came out pretty good, with all three dudes relaxing with their feet up on our outside table and their hands clasped behind their heads. The greeting said, “Wishing You A Relaxing Holiday and New Year.” On the back of the card, there was a picture of our dog Matilda who looked kind of angry with the words, “…And Good Riddance To 2013.” I’d show it here, but my boys do not want me to post photos of them on my blog so you’ll just have to imagine it.
Our card got my point across I suppose, but in truth, the card I REALLY wanted to send out would have had a visual of the three boys giving the middle finger along with the phrase, “F-U 2013.” I wouldn’t have even needed to bribe the boys to pose for that one – I’m sure they would have readily agreed! I was very close to producing the card or at least simulating it here, but decided that some of my readers may have found it to be in poor taste.
And then when I thought more about it, I realized that I had to let my anger go and focus on the positive. There WERE positive times in 2013 (although I can count them on one hand) and as my fellow friend and blogger Julie pointed out in her final post of the year, she doesn’t want 2013 defined by a few bad months. Because as Julie said, life is more than just being about the highs and lows — it’s about the in-between stuff, the mundane moments. Those are what really matter.
She is right.
So, I’ve decided to put my anger about 2013 aside and focus on making 2014 a much better year for our family. In other words, I’m taking the mature, high road.
Wishing you all a very happy, peaceful, and healthy New Year!
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