A blank page in the diary of our lives

Friends help make Brenda a bit less Grinchy as 2019 arrives.

Brenda Mallory

Before we discuss the impending New Year, let me in all my Grinchness tell you how the spirit of Christmas came my way.

I have told you how I am bothered by the commercialism of the festive season. You know I avoid Christmas if I can. Here I was cloistered in my cabin waiting for an old version of A Christmas Carol to show up on the telly when I was surprised that help came my way. Snow was shovelled here and there, the greenhouse roof was cleared and my walking trails were opened up.

On a night before Christmas when I was upstairs waiting for the old cat to complete his toiletries so I could clean up his deposit I knew someone had ventured into the yard. That brave soul brought lots of goodies for Christmas. By golly there was even a turkey. I was told the turkey might be missing a wing. I will not hold it against the turkey when the time comes for roasting.

Christmas day was not without its spirit. A good friend came by, started the snow blower so he could make the driveway easier to manage. The spirit of kindness and goodwill filled this beautiful place. Another friend took River the dog for a nice walk.

Having said all that I have left little room to say how I feel about the arrival of a New Year. I don’t make resolutions knowing full well I could make the same one next year. I should remember that “each new year is a blank page in the diary of our lives.”

With this New Year I have some hope for all of us. Hope for good health, hope for a society not riddled with sadness, or unkindness. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

I am so pleased and thankful for your comments and ideas for these columns. Your friendship carries me through the days. I wish all of you good health and happiness. “What the new year brings to you will depend on what you bring to the new year.”

Like years past you can call me at 250-846-5095 or email to mallory@bulkey.net.

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