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.