Now that we are in the second half of December I have taken some time to think about 2018.
The year seemed to go by so quickly–as we’ve all gone about our busy run around lives.
I am grateful for this year and the promise of another. Grateful for all of those around me-family and friends-that share our lives.
Some are close by while others are far away but still impact our lives and the people we are on a daily basis.
It is easier sometimes to reflect as we get older on our lives, on the impact many people have had on us and the impact we have on others.
Sometimes the people who impact us we’ve never met in person and sometimes there are people very close to our hearts.
The closing of this year is a time to celebrate our blessings and a time to also grieve for those who have left us physically but that will always be with us–in some fashion by the way they touched our lives.
Just the day before yesterday we lost Penny Marshall, actress and one of the first female directors. The beautiful Laverne from the Laverne and Shirley show.
We have lost other icons like Margot Kidder (Lois Lane), Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett), Robin Leach (from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous), and Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit).
These characters lived with us through TV and molded our thoughts, our fantasies of our lives, and our sense of humor.
Others that impacted our lives and society are also gone–Billy Graham, Barbara Bush and months later her husband, George H.W. Bush. They leave us with their patriotism, their service and their great love of God and country.
Some that impacted me personally are Linda Brown-who was the center of the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that overturned the ‘separate but equal’ ruling that helped end segregation.
Aretha Franklin, who helped me come of age with songs like ‘Respect’ , ‘Think’, and a ‘Natural Woman’.
Stan Lee, who fed my imagination with his superheroes and Marvel comics, always in a fight between good and evil in which good wins out in the end.
There are closer hits to the heart. A few family friends that molded us in our early years and we have fond memories of. And an aunt that shared my blood and beautiful memories of family with me that I will never forget and always cherish.
We leave all these behind in the history of this year and we will forever carry them forward with us as we continue to travel through our time.
Most of all, as we close 2018, we should remember how every part of us came from a part of others who touched our lives and how we continue to touch the lives of others.
Be kind, be honest and be grateful in these last days of the year and carry the memories with you into the next.