Saturday, December 31, 2011

one year ago, today

"What's up? You okay?" I asked Rudy.
"I'm just frustrated. I'm feeling like that job in Arkansas is not going to happen?"

He was irritated. I was concerned his good nature was going to fly out the window, soon.

"Brad needs braces. I just want to be able to help out. A job would help us," he mumbled.

I took a bite of the millionth cookie I was holding. I was feeling like him. Something had to give. Something.

He sat down next to me. Put his arm around my shoulder. I burrowed myself into him.

"It's all going to work out," I quietly said, knowing it would. Eventually.

We sat there. Lost in our own thoughts.

"Hey, Dad! What's for dinner?" Brad inquired.
"I'm making tacos."
"Will I like them?" 
"Sure, if you like everything homemade. Fresh. You know tortillas, salsa, and coleslaw. And barbequed chicken, shredded." Rudy embellished.
"Alright." Brad seemed unsure. "Oh, can we rent a movie or two?
"Yep. Let's do that now," I jumped up off the couch.

As we were watching the crowd of people, on TV, in Times Square, celebrating, anticipating the arrival of the new year, Brad kept his eye on the clock while I was thinking about what could the next year possibly give us, as Rudy fell asleep.


  1. Amazing what a difference a year makes.
    I think 2012 is going to be far better for everyone!
    Happy New Year.

  2. Crazy what happens in a year. This one went by extremely's to a new year full of adventures, happiness and most of all LOVE!

  3. The power of hope!! Happiest of new years for you all xx

  4. Talk about a lot happening in a year! Wow! Looking forward to great things happening for your family in the new year!

  5. It is amazing when you look back like that, how much things can change in the space of one year! I've often thought how amazing it would be if we were to write a journal entry on January 1st of each year and then look back 12 months later, to see how different things turned out...

    Great post :o)

  6. I am inspired by your patience and resolve.

    Wishing you and your family a rich and loving 2012.