Happy first day of “back to work: the January edition” and all that entails. I am looking forward to this year. Why? Well, why not? I’m here. Might as well make the best of it.
Did you get that? Make the BEST of it? I think that’s my plan. I won’t be striving for perfectionism, but I will do my best to be on my game and keep up. Please join me in the annual crossing of the fingers.
So this past Saturday, January 3, I met my nephew, Alex, for the first time. My youngest sister gave birth to him at 18, and a wonderful family in New York became his parents. I must admit that I was apprehensive about this meeting. I mean, what if he didn’t like me? Well, actually, I’m not sure he felt one way or the other about me, but it was a great day for me. And seriously, a real gift.
The best thing about the gift of Alex was the fact that he was born – and also that he is a handsome, intelligent, and thoughtful man. We spent a few hours together, getting acquainted. His parents are truly lovely people and I liked them immensely! In my heart I honestly believe that they were the perfect parents for Alex, and they have been there for him through ups and downs, good and bad, challenges and triumphs.
I just thought to say that I am proud of Alex. And then I thought that really I should be proud of his parents, because they are the ones that did the real work of raising him. And then I realized that the person of whom I am most proud, is my sister. She made a very grown up decision when she chose to give him life. It was a great decision. He’s a great kid.
I hope to be able to stay in contact with Alex, though much of that will be up to him. I am all too happy to do my part. It was worth the wait of so many years to finally know him. It’s one of those things where you don’t know how much something means until years later.
The decisions we make today will have repercussions for many years to come. The one thing I do believe, is that good things DO come to those who wait. Even though I am not good at the waiting, time flies by and the future will be here before we know it. I am prepared to wait for the good, which always seems to come when the time is right.