2009: Year in Review

Forget about decade in review—2009 is definitely the year to remember in Oughts, at least for me. Plenty happened. Plenty of it was not good, not even a little bit.

This is the Rocket Christmas tree. It was the table centerpiece for my company’s Christmas party a few years back, so true to our apartment theme of “get free stuff,” I adopted it as our tree. We don’t have much in the way of ornaments, but I’m working on it.

This is Audrey, known to my family as Aunt Audrey. She died unexpectedly in late July due to heart surgery complications; she was my mother’s best friend, and, I think, the only person who truly knew my mother. She was certainly the only person I ever knew around whom my mother acted completely relaxed; she was an artist, a horticulturist, and someone for whom I felt a deep admiration. I can’t count how many times I heard my mother tell me, “That sounds like something Audrey would say.” She was 61.

Audrey Greenberg

This is Billy, the adorable platypus. I won’t bother explaining that, other than to say he was a college friend whose death was not unexpected; his fight with colon cancer had gone on too long. He died in early July. He was 40.

Billy Dall

This is Marcie. She died of breast cancer. I can’t even write about her without beginning to lose my grip on my emotions, so I’ll leave it there. She died in early October, at 34 years old.

Marcie Williams

This is the reason why 2009 was not a complete write-off for me: without these two the whole year would’ve gone into “Man, growing up sucks” category. Instead, it’s turned out to be both the best and worst year of my life, when I was given the most, and the most was taken away. I have one resolution in 2010: when it occurs to me that maybe I’d like to call a friend or send a card, I’m not going to wait. I’m going to do it. Farewell, 2009, and welcome 2010.

The Rockets

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2 Responses to 2009: Year in Review

  1. Cheryl says:

    I love your resolution. I started collecting some cards to do that. I love sending out notes. I always say I don’t have time for it. I do. I procrastinate. I really just have to make a pact to myself and send them out!

    As for your losses, I am dealing with the nightmare of cancer with my mom. While she is living a long life I hate the fact that there’s now an expiration date that cancer is pushing up.

    And lastly, I do love that you are sharing these great pictures of your home and your family. Thank you.

    • Kran says:

      We forgot to turn the mniotor on a couple of weeks ago and I felt SO bad, too. LO was fine when we went in to get her in the morning, but the worst thoughts always run through your mind in these situations.I can kind of see your husband’s point, though, in that at least you know that LO can soothe himself to sleep? I guess that might be the one silver lining here.

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