Word of the year update #10

The One Little Word class is wrapping up. As a refresher, Ali Edwards’ class is all about picking a word for the year and using it as a focal point for reflection through the year.

My word “enough” worked this year.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ve had enough of Covid-19, quarantining and toilet paper shortages, as have you.

But “enough” reminded me that even in this crazy world, life is good. Here, we had enough time. Enough family. Heck, even enough toilet paper.

The topic for One Little Word this month was “goodbye and hello” which you can see in the pictures I’ve included of my notebook. Obviously, the topic has to do with saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new, but it was more than that for me this year.

Last month, my uncle died, and due to the pandemic, no services have been planned. I wasn’t sure how to deal with my grief from afar so I did the best I could: I made phone calls, sent texts, ordered food. I did these things when what I wanted to do was embrace my aunt and tell her how much I will miss my uncle. Or tell stories with my cousin about all the fun times our families went camping together (although the night it poured down rain and a cockroach ended up in the coffee cup probably doesn’t qualify as fun).

But I can’t. So I am okay with doing enough. It isn’t ideal, but it works.

My second goodbye came last week when I got the news that a fellow writer passed away. I’d never met Des in person, but he gave me a weekly critique on whatever story or scene I submitted to our writing group. He always had something good to say, even if he didn’t necessarily agree with what I’d written. I’ll miss his stories and his humor. (If you are interested, you can check out his last book of noir detective stories on Amazon.)

While these losses remind me that life is short, both of these men taught me that it isn’t too late to try something new and be your own person. So thank you!

You can all figure out what the hello means for this month’s prompt. We will soon be leaving 2020 behind (not a moment too soon, I imagine) and ringing in a new year. There’s no telling if 2021 will be better or worse (sorry, I shouldn’t tempt fate like that, should I?) but I know I have learned enough this year to make it through whatever comes next.

I have learned that it is important to change and evolve and you’ll be seeing some of the things I’ve learned in the new year. Stay tuned!

Until next week…

Photo by Carole Wolfe