New year, new questions.

My annual survey at the beginning of the new year has featured my husband (gone) and kids (good-bye).   Sutter is now 35 and and Evan is now 31.  They have been begging me to 'forget-about-them' (and their spouses) and do this on my own.  So now I am. 

And the survey says -

What's the most fun you've had this year?
I played a golf course in Newport Beach called Pelican Hill.  This is a scary thing for me because I often do this by myself.  I made myself call for a tee time in the afternoon.  I arranged for a CADDY!  I went out early and hit some balls.  Two guys said among themselves that I hit it good (or that's how I heard it....it might have been some young dude hitting practice shots).  One guy from Colorado (or was it Utah?), older than me, came along when I thought I was doing it myself.   The Caddy was incredible, young, and I played just like a....an amateur!  Anyway, we played till dark.  The CO-UT guy stopped.  The last hole was a double canyon shot into the dark.  The Caddy said "go for it"!  That meant hitting it twice over the valleys.  I finished off with the Marshall pointing his cart headlights on the green.  Oh, the last half of the course was beach fog.  And I paid for the views?  Yes, I didn't.

What's the weirdest place you've been this year?
It was at my dad's bedside, sharing the phone with family in Florida, New Zealand, and San Diego.  He wasn't responsive but all the pros said the hearing was last to go.  Everybody who had anything to say got it said.  As I left my last words with him were "See you around, Dad."  A couple hours later he was on his way.

What's the biggest personal accomplishment you've had this year?
Getting through it all, 2011.

What's the coolest thing you've seen this year?
The times when I'm on my bike, looking for photos, by myself.

What was your quietest moment this year?
Go back three questions.

Who has been the most inspirational to you this year?
My kids.  You'll never know.

What has been the biggest challenge to you this year?
Starting this blog.  I'm not sure where it is going but it is a healing way for me.

What's the best book you've read this year?
Did I read one?  I can't remember.

What's the best movie you've seen this year?
My husband told me I was the cheapest date - ever.  When a movie is over, it's over.   Often when it was about halfway into it, I said I think I could recall something about it.  Then he said it was one we'd seen before.  Over.

What's the biggest disappointment you've had this year?
Nothing.  Losing is only winning in hindsight.

What's the biggest change you've made this year?
Every change is tough.  Get through it, and get on with it.

Oh, I wanted you to know, unlike my friend who said she has put away the Christmas memories as she ironed her tablecloths, I wadded mine up and will wait until they need to come out again.  Then I'll iron them.

Living richly.  Richly living.

Marilyn

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