Friday, December 31, 2004

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I always remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad.

Or something like that. I am melancholy today. The tsunami disaster is part of it. Over 100,000 have died. I feel for all of those families who have lost loved ones and the parents who have lost children. The Iraq War is also part of it. According to the Lancet Medical Journal, highly regarded by the best scientists in the world, our invasion has caused the deaths of 100,000 innocent Iraqis. And of course, thousands of our own American troops--children to me--have been killed or wounded.

So today, a gorgeous Puget Sound sunny day with the mountains visible, I pruned my hydrangea bush and I thought about lost souls. And I pruned my lavender bushes and pulled weeds. The smell of wet dirt mixed with lavender reminded me of spring. And I groomed Apolo and thought about Bobby who loves him so. He is still in Fallujah. Usually, on New Year's Eve, our favorite party was at his house but I think his parents aren't up for it this year. According to Bobby's Mom, their parties are of his favorite things that he misses most over there in Iraq.

We will have a quiet evening at home toasting in the New Year. We'll probably see fireworks out over the water from parties up and down Puget Sound and that is always fun. And I will probably be wearing my favorite Christmas present from my kids and thinking about all of my favorite things.

Happy New Year!

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my favorite present--orca sox