Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Year less Ordinary

This past year has been full of what I’d refer to as a ‘year less ordinary’. I finally met the man I’ve waited my whole life for and in that search—I found myself. I’ve changed being with him, and I look forward to our long future. Although we have many challenges ahead, we are committed to facing those challenges together.

Looking back on childhood and this past year, it has opened my eyes to my relationship with my siblings and my mother—who they are, and who I’ve become. I’ve never had a better relationship with my mother until now—she’s become a dear friend. We basically talk every day, and I have an appreciation for all she has sacrificed and all she still does for me. As for my siblings, at one time we stuck together, but as adults we’re in our own worlds, doing our own things. It saddens me that my siblings and I don’t communicate much, don’t appreciate each other, and that we left our ‘pretend’ days so many years ago. But we all have one life, and we must do what is right for ‘us’. Over the holiday season, we will see each other, and after that will follow almost another year of separation, if not more. Maybe in time we’ll find each other again—until then—I will continue to embrace my wonderful life.

I will be returning to the States this week, and will be without a computer for several weeks. It’s a time for me to spend with family and friends. I’ve been away for 9 weeks, but my year less ordinary started much sooner. The man I’m with was unable to find a job as a teacher in the United States, so after his summer break, he returned to Germany since he still had a job there as a teacher. Instead of us carrying on our relationship another year through computers, I decided to quit my job to be with him. In October, we flew back to Germany together, and since then, I had the pleasure of meeting his family and exploring parts of Europe. When 2009 rolled into 2010, I never imagined living a year less ordinary.

As this year comes to a close, I’m looking forward to another unexpected year. After the New Year, we will return to Germany where I’ll continue with my writing, he'll return to teaching and we'll continue to explore Europe. Since I won’t be around for several weeks, I want to wish you all a safe and wonderful Holiday Season. I hope Santa brings you everything you want, and that the New Year brings you good fortune. 

If you have time, please leave a comment regarding some things that happened to you through the course of the year.

Merry Christmas, my friends, and Happy New Year!


  1. Dear Bea,

    I really don't have very much to say about the past year, certainly nothing to compare with your ventures. LOL! Good for you!! I will say that this, my second year of retirement, has been a great deal more fun than I thought it would be. I’m really thankful having more time to socialize with and appreciate my friends and relatives. Also my staying out of trouble most of the time. Throw in some continuing good health and a rising stock market; does it get any better than this? I’m pretty grateful.

    Just a note to re-iterate that I enjoy reading your blog pieces, the great pictures of your travels including that yummy food as well as the descriptive comments that make the pictures come to life.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones as well!

    I hope that next year brings you that writing success of getting published as well as lots of fun in your new life.

  2. I'm glad you get to spend so much time home with family.
    This year has been great for me too. Getting published was great of course but without the support of friends & family - it wouldn't have meant as much.
    I look forward to more Germany updates! Love you!