Rate Your Year

A favorite blogger titled his daily blog today ” Rate Your Year Here” and it got me thinking. Of course my first thought was it was “my year was cursed”. And it was but I also had to stop and think about all the blessings. You see this same blogger asked a question the other day to which I responded, ” Curses and blessings usually come hand in hand”.

So here I sit thinking about the horrific pain I have endured and am learning to live with this year. The black hole in my soul that is so empty it is painful. I think about my other three kids and the pain they too endure and the helplessness I feel at times when I can not make it better. I think about my son’s father’s words…”I lost my son and my legacy”. I think about the men who fought and lived beside my son and their pain. You see they loved him too. As much as I did with a bond I will never know. The curses…

And I think about all the love and caring we have all received. Some from strangers who I will never know again. Some from people who this tragedy brought into my life and who have now become fixtures. I think about the bond and relationships I have built with my son’s brothers. Truly an extended family I may never have gotten to know as I have except for our shared grief. The blessings…

I also have to look at where this path is taking me. In the process of learning to live with this pain, for it never heals, I have explored this new voice I have and how best to use it. I have found strengths and talents I did not know I had. And I have found joy again in doing work I never would have considered before. The reward of finding something I both enjoy and can help my son’s brothers doing is more than a person could hope to be blessed with.

So how do I rate my year? My year was cursed… and curses and blessings come hand in hand.

3 Responses to Rate Your Year

  1. David M December 31, 2008 at 10:02 am #

    The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 12/31/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  2. littlefox January 1, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    Happy New Year Knottie! I think about you often, you are an inspiration! Nice blog.
    Keep spreading your story
    and may God bless you dearly.

  3. CyberPastor January 3, 2009 at 12:58 am #

    Love you Knottie, we’ve been blessed by getting to know you!

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