Let’s all lift up our beverage, tea, coffee, soda, water, alcohol, whatever is your drink of choice, and toast 2018, it was a good year. I know it’s the middle of January and New Year’s toasts and posts are in the past, but this thought has been on my mind. Overall, for most people, 2018 was not a bad year. Oh sure, there were some bumps in the road, but for most of us, most of the year was good.
Yet, I keep hearing and reading things like, “thank goodness 2018 is gone,” or “glad it’s a new year, sure hope it’s better than last year.” Of course, we all want a new year to be better than the previous year, if not we’re going backward. Except, it’s not just wanting to go bigger and better, it’s the idea that last year was horrible, bad, with no redeeming qualities.
If we go through our memory bank, and calendar, and journal, and anything else we use to note happenings, chances are we will find several good things. In no particular order, just as they came to mind, some of the pleasurable events of 2018 for me were:
I was able to attend several stock shows and watch my grandchildren carry on a family tradition and show their livestock.
Had the honor of seeing my first grandson show and make the premium sale at Tulsa which is a very big deal.
Compete in a speech contest (didn’t win, but the contest was fun.)Attended and sold books at two quilt shows
Attended several creative days.
Attended the Oklahoma Toastmaster Conference.
Spent Friday before Mother’s Day with my son.
Found someone who can, and will, fix the floor.
The floor is fixed and new linoleum
Spent the night in Dallas and enjoyed time with extended family after attending niece’s wedding.
Had a mom’s day with friends on Mother’s day, we went to the movies, lunch, and window shopped.
Attended another grandson’s graduation.
Was able to walk up the steps of Red Rock to watch graduation ceremony.
Found someone who would mow my one-acre lumpy yard for a reasonable fee. Did not have to mow my yard all summer.
Had an all-expense paid getaway two of them in fact. Spent time in OKC.
A shower is being added to my tiny bathroom.
Had Thanksgiving with my daughter and her family.
Found someone able, and willing, to upgrade electricity
Took a spontaneous trip to Memphis and Nashville Tennessee
Attended and set up at a craft show in Vinita, no charge
Had a booth at the Pontotoc County Fair, fee waived. enjoyed the generosity of a friend who invited me
Participated in my first every art show with textile art.
Attended Launch out – a conference for dreamers and builders, I am definitely a dreamer.
Watched a vintage baseball game.
Attended Sisters-in-Hand dinner in Ada with friends
Had family Thanksgiving with my sister and her family, brother and his wife, sons and their families
Helped all six grandkids celebrate their birthdays in one way or another
Attended Sisters-in-Hand dinner in Ada alone, made new friends
Participated in Dale Carnegie class, free
Had Friendsgiving with the creative ladies
Ate at a Farm to Table Dinner
Someone else paid for my Farm to Table Dinner
Guest of a generous friend to supper and a concert
Sent Christmas Eve with my sister and her family.
Celebrated Christmas night with one son and his family.
Participated in a quilting round robin
Had a special day to celebrate Christmas and eat an Italian dinner with my sons and their families.
Washer and dryer hook up moved.
Celebrated my birthday with a party, family, all showed up along with many friends.
That’s a lot of happy events for the year, and not to mention the birthdays of my children and their spouses or those of friends. It doesn’t count days I played with a friend’s grandchild or had a fried pie from Kim’s (oh my gosh, they are wonderful). With all of that good, how can the whole year be bad?
What good, better things will happen in 2019? I don’t know, but I’m willing to find out, I just don’t want to trash 2018 because it was good in its own right. So, lift your drinks, “here’s to you 2018, you were okay, and in the words of Bob Hope “Thanks for the memories.”