2007 was an interesting year, full of challenges, sorrow, and some really wonderful surprises. And as hard as some of those challenges were, I must admit that this past year was not nearly as harrowing as 2006.
Let's count our blessings.
On January 24, 2007, I saw my father pass away on a condition related to his failing heart. I must say that it was not totally unexpected. I had been to Juarez at Christmas, and although he was up and about as usual, I did not like what I saw. On January 1st, I sent a note to my brother expressing my concern about his health and about how long I thought he would stay with us in this world. Two weeks later he was in intensive care, and a week after he was dead.
I mourned my father. I loved my father. I have also been dreaming of him ever since, and I take those dreams as visits from him from wherever he is. He seems to be happy and enjoying himself, so that makes me feel happy for him. All in all, he died the same way he had lived: On his own terms. You have to admire the guy for that.
My father's death threw the rest of the family into a flurry of activity since now we had to decide what to do with Mom. Although not that terribly old, my mother's health has never been good and she needs care 24/7. Luckily for us, we found a wonderful home for her in Monterrey, close to my sister and my brother's place and, although missing my father terribly, she is thriving. I also have to be grateful for that.
I also reconnected with my sister and her family, as well as with my friends from Law School. I found it amusing that we all have kids the same age, and that after being the wild bunch we were in the 70's, we are now in charge of the new generation.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
On the work front, after 15 years of service I got my tenure at the Organization. This was a huge relief. No more having to worry every year on whether or not my contract will be renewed. Yay!.
ballistabob also did well in the work department. He switched employment to a different firm, and he is loving it. There is much to be said for working in a place you like. We feel blessed on this one too.
In June, El Brato graduated from High School, went to his prom, and had a wonderful time. On top of that, Ben Affleck gave the commencement speech at his graduation, making it even more special. He also started attending College (El Brato, not Ben Affleck), has a job, and is becoming more responsible. I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of this kid.
This past year also saw friendships put to the test. Some friendships came out of the fire unscathed, stronger and sharper like steel, and I celebrated them as they bring joy to my life.
Other friendships did not fare so well, cracking under the test of trust. And all the kings soldiers and all the kings men, could not put Humpty together again. It was sad, and I mourned it with the respect it deserved.
Then I moved on as life goes on.
All in all, I am thankful for old friends, new friends, and a loving family. They make my life worth living.
But the biggest and merriest thing that happened to me in 2007 was the return of my Dark Child. I had not realized how deeply I had missed him until I had the opportunity to hug him again and tell him how much I love him. It was like the big emptiness in my heart had been filled with light. There is a God and he loves me. And I am very proud of my child.
2008 will bring new challenges, I am sure. There is much to do and much to hope for. I have friends and family. I have two awesome kids, and I have a wonderful, loving husband that God put on my path.
With all that on my side, I am ready to go.
Who can ask for anything more?