My last blog posting was titled “2017 Was a Terrible Year.” Writing about the all the tragic, disappointing and scary events, personalities and conditions that combined to create a terrible year was sadly not that difficult. But I ended my analysis by reminding all the readers that there is always hope, hope for a better tomorrow, hope that the goodness in all of us will win out against the evil, the hate, the selfishness that too often permeates our world.
My personal sense of hope is based on the arrival of Mae Felicity, grandchild number 4, who came into the world in June and has filled our family with joy and love. My personal sense of joy is based on the growth of our other grandchildren – Grace, who has become a beautiful young girl and an excellent skater, Noah who makes us all proud with his hockey and soccer skills, and Caleb, who’s smile and imagination knows no bounds. Grandpa and Grandma of course are biased but all four grand kids are already showing signs of gifted minds and generous hearts.
It is too easy to fall prey to the negative elements in our world, since we are constantly bombarded with daily doses of badness. But looking at the faces and the early accomplishments of Mae, Grace, Noah and Caleb reminds me of the old adage, ” Hope springs eternal.” Yes hope is everywhere if you look for it, especially among the young who don’t dwell on the negative, but who’s lives are full of fun and energy and goodness.
2018 will certainly bring with it trials and tribulations, but 2018 will also bring the further development of Mae, Grace, Noah and Caleb. They will add to the millions and millions of young people who come into the world with wonderment and peace and unique gifts that know no bounds. During the coming year it is important that we who get depressed with the world around us look into the eyes of a child, where hope resides and goodness prevails. For me I want to hug Mae, Grace, Noah and Caleb and thank them for bringing hope into the world. Yes, 2018 will be a good year. Happy New Year to all.