I have had a hard time motivating myself to write a blog post
when so much more important happenings deserve our collective attention.
I feel for all the fellow New Yorkers still left homeless by hurricane Sandy
while they await desperately needed help.
I feel for those who just wanted to escape into a movie,
do some holiday shopping or go to school and lost their lives to violence.
I feel for the parents, siblings, children, friends and other loved ones who will miss those smiles.
As this year winds to a close I appreciate my life more then ever.
I give thanks for all that is good in it.
I am grateful to be able to hug my son at night and ask him about his day.
To sleep next to a man that loves and cares for me.
To be alive.
I look forward to this new year with hope and optimism.
Happy New Year - now go hug somebody