Those lows were tough. How many entertainers did we lose this year? It seemed like I had just processed the death of David Bowie and the next thing I heard about Glen Frey, The Hag, and Prince. And on and on and on and on . . .
It continued right up to the end, too. Hitting me hardest was losing Leon (blog to come soon about his place in my life). My good friend Monroe, who has accompanied me to many Leon concerts, snapped me out of my despair like only Monroe can with "Well he didn't just 'hang out' for 74 years. He LIVED. Dying is a part of it. Don't waste the living part." Thank you, Monroe, and thank you Leon Russell.
|Leon the last two times I saw him--2014 and 2015|
I cried with family members and friends as they lost loved ones to cancer and heart disease and organ failure, and I pray they find peace in the new year.
Those lows--I'm sending them off to the universe with a kiss and hoping their light shines down on all those who miss them--because there were highs.
Oh those highs!!!!
In no particular order (well, maybe the last two would be at the top!) 2016 brought me:
BACK TO THE ISLAND
My sister Kerri enjoys taking Mom and me on trips, and I'm so glad she does. We returned to Maui, my favorite vacation destination, where we stayed at the Westin Maui Resort. Sunny, warm days, sparkling blue water, pineappley cocktails, and beautiful traveling company transformed this weary teacher in a way that nothing else could Paradise. Thank you, Kerri and Nathan and Lindsey and Mom!
THE BEST FRIENDS A GIRL COULD HAVE
Somehow, I am surrounded by the most amazing friends--angels--whose hearts are as big as the sky. Their support and genuine love shines in my heart always, and I am grateful for each one. I love our conversations, our lunches, our cocktails, our movie and theatre dates, our happy hours, our book talks, our laughter, and our tears. They make me say "Yay friends!"
We welcomed a new royal baby this year, Russell Lee Hawk. Nathan and Lindsey, my new niece!, are beautiful new parents, and I can't wait to meet Russell next month. The other seven Royals continue to bring so much light to our family. Ethan 6, Drake, 3, Max, 3, Madi 3, Lucy 2, Quinn 1, and Archer 1 made 2016 beautiful.
Bruce Springsteen came to Denver in 2016 and I got tickets!! I have seen him many times, but this--The River Tour--was my favorite. He just gets better and better.
|That's my Bruce|
Did I mention Bruce? Because 2016 really could be called The Year of Bruce. Not only did I see him in concert, but in case you somehow missed it, I MET HIM, TOO!! I will write about that as soon as I can calm myself down enough to come up with sentences rather than #HEKISSEDME or #HECALLEDMEDARLING, but for now, just know that Bruce is real, he is sweet, and he is gorgeous. #HighlightOfMyYear!
*Update* Blog finished! Read it HERE!
The highest high this year and every year is my family. At one time or other, whether in Nebraska, Minnesota, or Colorado, I got to see everyone, and there is nothing that will ever top that.
|Family over Everything|
I hope you are all ringing in 2017, this New Year, in whatever way brings you joy. May you all meet your Bruce in 2017!
Happy New Year!
(my New Year's kiss!!!!)