Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

As the hours tick away on this last day of the year, I keep thinking of a few things I wish were different in 2008...

I wish I had planned the summer better. The kids are getting older and cramming everything in, along with downtime, is a challenge. I kept telling everyone in February I thought it was going to be a tight schedule but no one took notice until mid August when they all said, damn, this is too tight.

I wish there was a better candidate for Clinton's senate seat than Caroline Kennedy. She's about as exciting as dry toast. The reality is, she can bring money into the party and while everyone will point to the media for creating her as a candidate, nothing could be farther from the truth. The green of money will make her a candidate. I will say, she's very progressive, so in the long run, it's okay.

I wish we won in California. It was so painful to see the loss, to recognize how many people there are who simply do not like gays and lesbians. Sure, we can cut their hair, or mow the lawn but don't ask for anything more. On the other hand, it was such a devastating loss it woke up many people who were complacent before. It will be seen in history as a loss that sparked change across the country.

I wish the Democrats had some guts and actually stood up to the bailout package and said NO. We are in need of a New Deal package, we need to help all Americans not just the wealthy executives who blew it in the first place. Maybe they should be mowing lawns and cutting hair and making room for new leadership. Instead they caved to Paulson and Bernake's panic attack.

I wish Michael Phelps could be frozen in time, spared the roller coaster life of instant fortune and fame. Watching him swim was such a treat, pure joy- what happens to his life now is beyond anyone's control.

I wish my kids would know through every hard moment we've had this year, how much I do love them. How hard it is to see them struggle.

They say hindsight is 20/20. I like to think of it as lessons learned and tools for making change.

Happy New Year.


Anonymous donald said...

happy new year to you too. i am finally back in cape split, and about to head over to pam and peter's for dinner. a nice quiet evening in with friends. always the best way to bring in the new year, i believe.

love you all!

6:38 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Happy New Year to you sun babies. We are hanging with 3 out of 4 kids waiting to watch the ball drop. Here is to a hopefully good and healthy New Year ahead with all the love in our lives how can we go wrong.
Stay safe, stay warm, feel loved.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Rev. Bob said...

A happy, safe, and healthy year for your family and friends. If we really are the people we've been waiting for, we might have a pretty good shot.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Sue J said...

Happy New Year, Sara!

8:44 AM  
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