oh, twenty-twelve (or it is two-thousand-and-twelve?)
how you changed us.
in january, you brought new steps and the final crawls; a little bit of snow and a lot of mild winter weather; new hairstyles and tiny handprints everywhere; tired, old sickness
and a new endeavor
february, you were a nice surprise. even milder weather and lots of time spent outdoors. new adventures like crayons
and swim lessons
. the beginning of a budding baby obsession. the ending of the chapter entitled, “all things baby”.
in march, you continued the trend of nice weather. we wore shorts and tank tops. i said, “hello” to twenty-eight. we swung a lot. we experienced our first emergency room visit.
i packed our winter clothes away. we welcomed spring with pretty toes.
april fooled us. at first glance it seemed small and insignificant, but it brought us many lovely things. spring break in california
, new teeth, a beautiful easter sunday, a favorite new toy and a mystery date night to remember. a joy-filled month that was to stay us for hardship on the horizon.
may, you were good to us. despite yet another illness to plague us, we found it didn’t hold us back. mother’s day celebrations, berry picking, and road trips. may is the opening season for everything: the pool, the parks, the farmer’s market. we did it all and towards the end, we ached for summer like never before.
june. what to say about you? you were cruel. just like a school bully, you dangled toys in front of us and then snatched them away. we tried to understand you, but we just didn’t. oh well. even though you let us down, our friends and family didn’t. we got the best we could out of you and didn’t mourn your passing.
july. just like the wind-whipped ocean, you tossed us around. even more. one minute brought much excitement and anticipation, the next disappointment and deflation. the higher the level of excitement, the greater the fall. but if there’s anything june taught us, it was that we wouldn’t be conquered by disappointment. we followed our hearts and found ourselves at the beach
, the zoo often, and celebrating year six.
oh august. you were a sweet resignation. a house redecoration project. a trip to the fair. a peace that passes understanding. the endcap to our summer. i aleady miss your warm days but i don’t long to return to you.
sweet september, what a welcome relief you were. we were skeptical of you, afraid that you would bring us more bad news. but instead you gave us much joy: found in the most unexpected places. and then you made our hearts skip when you brought us the most beautiful gift. even better than we imagined.
october, you are a blur. much of our days and nights were spent appreciating the sickness you brought us, but greatly longing for it to be completed. and somehow in the midst, you passed us by. but not before we were surrounded by all of the beauty
you had to offer. thank you for not letting us miss that.
november, you did not disappoint. from new hobbies, to new toys (both young and old), to a california thanks-cation, to a second birthday bash. you were everything we wanted and more.
and finally december. we never saw you coming. time with family, a blizzard, more time with family, christmas eve surprises, and auld lang syne. true to form, you went out with fireworks. december, you will be missed.
oh, twenty-twelve. you went from good to bad to great. how you vexed us.
but it’s already time to move on, whether we’re ready or not. resolutions have been made. calendar squares have been inked. preparations have been underway. so we move on. but carefully. with change in our hearts and hesitation in our step. we will not forget the lessons that you brought us.i’m not fond of odd numbers, the least of which being thirteen. but twenty-thirteen, after a year like this, we move into you with hopeful expectation.
so please don’t disappoint,