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08:34 am: What I want to remember about 2011
I got this prompt from Nuprinz, who got it from Jenn (whom I don't know), who got it from reverb10 (whom I also don't know).

5 Minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2011 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2011.

I'm amending the prompt to "I'm losing my memory and my LJ and its backups in 5 minutes," because otherwise I'd be trying to remember what I'd already thought to write down to avoid being repetitive. Because in a world where I know in advance that I'll be losing my memory, it's important to have all my bases covered.

Anyway.

I want to remember all the good times with my family - the snuggles with Teddy, the laughs with Peter, the shared experiences with Mum and Dad, my siblings, my niece and nephew... The times we came together as a family and weren't, y'know, bickering or sniffling or getting on each others' nerves. Times like Eastover and Thanksgiving, and last summer on the Vineyard.

I want to remember Peter, Teddy, and me squishing together in the back window of the third floor apartment to watch the fireworks.

I want to remember the amazing, fantastic team I worked with on my major project. The project had (and has) its frustrations, which I'm fine with forgetting, but the team really pulled together and accomplished the almost impossible and I'm really, really proud.

I want to remember that someone passed up TWO job offers, holding out for a job working for me that wasn't guaranteed and took a long time to get done. I'm proud of that too.

I want to remember enjoying working out again.

I want to remember Teddy's face on Christmas morning - his absolute, undiluted joy. His crazy, barely-contained excitement. His THANK YOU screams reverberating around the living room.

I want to remember the snuggles and laughter and shared times with Teddy. My reading to him. His reading to me. Us cuddled together, reading separately. Skating. Swimming. Telling stories.

I want to remember the feeling of coming home again whenever I saw old friends. That sense of "oh right, I don't have to explain it... they know this. They know me."

I want to remember that we survived a blizzard, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and a freakin' earthquake. All in one year. Sometimes it was hard. Sometimes it sucked, but we survived, even thrived.

I want to remember Teddy's great success in kindergarten and first grade, his meeting the challenge of a new class and new friends, his being AWESOME at everything he tried, his skipping with happiness when he did something new or well or both.

I want to remember how very lucky I am, in so many ways.

5 minutes isn't enough. Clearly.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: goodgood

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From:swingchickie
Date:January 5th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
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this made my heart so happy. :)
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From:katehaney
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad!
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Awwwwww.... can't believe how much of his growing up I'm missing... love that you have your bases covered!

xoxoxoxoxo
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From:katehaney
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)

we have GOT to get together

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I miss you!

...and I have books & clothes for Aria and books that you might want. I can ship them, of course, but I far prefer excuses to see you guys.

My screensaver is set to rotate through all the photos on my laptop, so I see pictures of Aria & Teddy in the tub periodically. I love those pictures.

:sigh:
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)

Re: we have GOT to get together

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How about this... will stop by after class Saturday... class is in W. Granby, CT this month so my drive home goes through your living room....
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From:katehaney
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)

HAPPY CHAIR DANCE

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Excellent. Teddy has swimming 'til noonish, but we'll otherwise be around.
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From:krisdance
Date:January 6th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)

prioreties

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You certainly have your prioreties in order! Once I got the question, if you only had today what you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have. Luckily, my answer was FAMILY. It would be great to say WORK someday. I was not a huge fan of my past career/work situation (though I found the subject matter fascinating - the job was not fulfilling). I think my next choice will be much better. :-)
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From:katehaney
Date:January 6th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)

I'm in a good place

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Mostly. It takes some doing, that's for sure. I sorta stumbled into my career, but I genuinely love it, for which I am enormously grateful.

Family takes some doing too, though... a lot of work. And absolutely worth it, of course.

Thank you!
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