We are almost at the end of the year, and await the start of a new year with both anticipation and dread. This time of year always puts me in a contemplative mood as I take stock of what kind of year it was. There was surgery, healing, a bad case of food poisoning, a wonderful cruise, fun meals with friends, a relaxing trip to Cambria, festivals, birthdays, my elderly cat’s broken leg, and my daughter and son-in-law’s joyous homecoming after almost a year and a half away. And these are just a few events in this past year. Everyone in my family is relatively healthy and for that I am truly thankful. On balance, I would say this past year has been pretty good to me.
I can only hope that 2015 will be a good year. I don’t believe in making resolutions, since they will probably be broken, but I do have some wishes. As I turn another year older in March, I wish and hope that I can age gracefully, stay active and healthy. After several surgeries in the past few years, I hope this is a no-surgery year! I hope my friends and family will have a good year, and if not, that I will be there to give them support in whatever they go through.
And, as a librarian, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that coming up in the New Year, the library has more programs, both entertaining and educational, planned for all ages. We also still have books, CDs, magazines, CD Books, and DVDs to be checked out. And for those of you with Kindles, or Ipad’s or the like, we are happy to provide you with eAudiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines, and many fantastic databases, such as Mango, and Universal class for your learning pleasure. All our programs and databases are free, as is everything you check out, unless you lose or damage an item or return it late. All of our programs are advertised via flyer, paper calendar and our event calendar online. Make it a part of your routine to check and see what is going on at your local library. I think you’ll be pleased at the breadth and depth of what we offer.
We can put this year behind us, whether it was good or bad, and have the opportunity to start over again. The world will go on, as it always does, with events that astound us, make us happy or maybe, sadly, horrify us. What we can do, is to try to make our little corner of the world a little happier, safer and kinder for those around us.
In closing I give you this poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Happy New Year, everyone!
“What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.”