A Year In Words

Charles Dickens, in his novel A Tale of Two Cities, starts with a now famous quote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” 2014 was that kind of year.

January Sadness In late January it becomes time to say goodbye to Maggie, our dog of 14 years. It’s hard to say goodbye to a beloved friend.
February Wonder We step off a plane, trading arctic cold and mounds of snow for tropical Hawaii. We snorkel, see the volcano and drink a lot of coffee and some wine.


March Fear An MRI, as a result of an eye issue, shows that Cheryl has lesions on her brain indicative of relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis


April Precision Owen decides on a new hobby –taking up archery. Both of us are excited at his ability to defend us from the zombie apocalypse.


May Thankful Our nephew Travis organizes the first ever “Team Spitters” walk for MS in Edmonton. We plan on walking again this year.


June Adjustment We have a better understanding of what MS means and how we have to change our lives to accommodate Cheryl’s MS.


July Delight We spend an entire week with our great nephew Bennett and our great niece Emma. We also catch up with Matt, Andy and Christie. Smarties are a hit!


August Insanity Cheryl is in Winnipeg (Mosquitoes! It Smells!) Owen is on Highway 2 closing lanes of traffic (Angry Tourists! Safety plans!)
September Pride Cheryl is promoted to Principal in a surprise mid year promotion.
October Relax Cheryl takes a month off from work after her first MS treatment and decides to cross a thing off her bucket list – she goes to (almost!) every church in Paris and London.


November Comfort We spend a lot of time cozied up at home, petting the furry slugs, being licked by the dog, cooking comfort food and trying to reconcile the changes of the year


December Sorrow On December 3, Wendy, Cheryl’s mum dies suddenly. We are sad that she is gone and hopeful that she found a measure of peace.

There isn’t much to say about a year like this. It was just hard. Very hard. For long periods of time. We learned something though – when it is hard, bleak and dark, many of you are only a call away. You came, you brought food, wine, laughter and care.

 At the end of the year, perhaps we would sum up the entire year thus:

 It was hard.
You made it easier.

We are so very grateful.

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3 Responses to A Year In Words

  1. a says:

    This was a particularly difficult year for you, wasn’t it? I hope 2015 brings you only joy and pleasant challenges.

  2. loribeth says:

    I too hope 2015 is a better year for you & Owen. (((hugs)))

  3. Reese says:

    On to a better year. <3

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