Jan 02, 2002 - 5:20 am
Happy New Year everyone ! I hope Santa was good to you (you all deserved it !).
I had a good time visiting with my family in the South of France (yep, I realize how lucky I am !) We spent Christmas over there, and I received a fun gift : a set of tiny bottles filled with different smells, and the game is to find out what the smells are. Some are simple (lemon, for instance), others are quite hard to identify (raspberry, watermelon...). These smells can bring back wonderful memories, I tell you ! The second part of the game is then identifying which of these smells are present in the wines we have on the table. A lot of fun... Hickups ! (just kidding...)
I turned 40 on New Year's Day, and my sister, brother-in-law, nephew, cousins, as well as a few friends were there to share this special moment with me. It was wonderful ! I think it was my first birthday party ever, and I loved every minute of it !
I like being 40, it is a nice round figure. I am now a mature woman, which means I am ready to explore the different aspects of being "me" : the child (I never played enough games and that is going to change), the woman (I repressed that part too long while I was busy with my career), the mother, (I have always loved that part !), the wise one (often hiding, but I'll find it !)...
I found the drawing and painting class I was looking for, and the teacher agreed that I bring my 9-year-old daughter with me. Audrey was thrilled, but not quite as much as I am ! We will start at the end of January.
I also ice-skated for the first time in 30 years a couple of weeks ago : I am off on wednesdays, and took kids ice-skating with the school teacher. I was the only mom on the ice, and Audrey was quite proud of me ! I had lots of fun !
I plan on being happy in 2002, and I realize the challenge is me : circonsatnces are less important than my own attitude towards life, and I hope I will be mature enough to find the happiness in small things...
I am wishing you all a wonderful year, filled with love and precious moments. I am also wishing you improved health, and complete recoveries for those who are still in the middle of the fight. Tiger, Brenda, Tara, Inkblot, Jean, Pam, Cathy, Tracy, Auntie, Nancy, Lucy, Amy, Lola, Robin, Belinda, Jayne, Debbie, Cheryl, Cher, Oliveoyl, Lindy, and all my friends (afraid the list is too long !) : my prayers of wellness are with you !
With love and hugs,