I sit here in my recliner after eating a scrumptious meal of steak (thanks Elaine and Jim), baked potato, and creamed spinach (thanks MaryBeth) and I feel contented. This has been a year of ups and downs for our family. In the realm of health challenges, I am happy to report that MY health has been great (<insert caveat about uncertainty surrounding my scans scheduled for 12/29). Unfortunately, my 6-year old daughter needs to have yet another set of tubes put in her ears to help reduce the fluid in her ears. We’re lucky that she is not having infections, but the water is so pervasive that she has 30-40 decibel hearing loss in both ears, necessitating her 3rd surgery to put in tubes. It’s a low risk procedure and it has helped in the past, but it’s still stressful.
Other family challenges included my younger son’s difficulty with some of his school work. He has poor fine motor skills, so we ended up meeting with his teachers and getting concessions that he could type his assignments (either on the classroom computer when appropriate or on a computer at home). Of course, DOING the work is only half the problem; now if we could get him in the habit of turning it in, we’d be golden. The last half of the year was also challenging for MaryBeth and me. I’m pleased to say, though, that we have been really working on our challenges and I truly believe we are closer now as a result.
Work challenges exist as well, but those are more mundane and can be summed up with the single word: “contracts”
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, the Solstice, Divali, or some other holiday during this season, I hope that you and your family are happy and safe.
Warm Regards from my family to yours.