Twelve times a year we flip the calendar to the next month. Most of the time it is done without much thought, that is, until we turn to December.
Looking at the month of December, the first question-that-has-no-answer is “Where did the year go?”
Here is another year to be added to all the previous years, a year where some things changed and some things have not.
We started the year with snow and cold and we will end it that way. In between there was sunshine and rain, happy and sad times, pleasant surprises mixed with disappointments along with gains and losses.
Then we congratulate ourselves that it looks like we have made it through another year. Eleven months down, one to go.
The New Year is quickly approaching. What will next year bring?
Anxiety sets in once we realize that there are only thirty days to get those tasks we told ourselves earlier in the year it was time to get done.
Those twenty or thirty pounds we talked about losing are still hanging on. Maybe a few extra pounds have joined them.
The corner of the garage in need of cleaning still needs cleaning; well, okay, the entire garage needs cleaning.
I look at the top of my desk, the one that I have meant to clean off because I have some better plans for that space.That has not changed since last year.
I do not know what is on the bottom layers because I have forgotten what it was I set down months ago thinking, “I will get back to that.” Whatever it is, it is still waiting.
The procrastinator in me says, “There is always tomorrow.” The reality is that is the tomorrow I was talking about probably months ago.
However, there were accomplishments as well. Some were on a small scale, others were more personal.
The weather station that was in a box in my basement a year ago at this time is now mounted on the roof and,connected to my computer, is sending current weather conditions to any part of the world curious enough to search for it.
We took as many opportunities as we could to let our children and grandchildren, family members and friends, know how much they meant to us with meals, visits, phone calls, and today’s buzzword – social media.
Looking in the mirror there seems to be more lines in the face and gray or maybe even white hair on what little is left of my hair.
Our own children have the occasional white strands of hair appearing. Are we really that old?
So, December is the month of the done, undone, and yet to be done before the first of the year.
Those end of the year jobs that take place in December usually involve finances, reports, and financial reports.
So, we will get done those things that come with a deadline and resolve to do a better job getting those tasks that still need to be done accomplished.
That shouldn’t be a problem. Isn’t that what we did a year ago?
Rye is a Farm News staff writer and farmer from Hanlontown. Reach him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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