How did this happen? The year ended; I didn’t lose ten pounds, I didn’t write the great American novel, and I didn’t knit a sweater. Oh, that’s right; I live in Costa Rica. I don’t need the sweater any more.
Now, about that little black dress I had planned to fit into for the New Year’s Eve party. If I squeeze into it, I’m going to look like a stuffed chorizo. My husband might like that; he’s always looking for the perfect chorizo for his paella.
I know, I know – I’ll wear a black muumuu and accessorize with my disco ball necklace and my sparkly stilettos and nobody will notice the middle!
These are not the important things. I have the important things; I am blessed every single day with the important things. My wonderful husband, my precious family, old and new friends, and a Chocolate Lab named Toby. This past year, we’ve had a plethora of drop-in dogs, temporary dogs, OPD’s (other people’s dogs) and now, much to our delight, our very own doggie!
On this last day of 2013, I sit on our balcony, over-looking the village of Atenas with the white-steepled church, the wind-chimes are chiming, the birds are chirping, the butterflies are flitting, and I am grateful. Because of the miracle of Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, and LinkedIn, I have re-connected with cherished friends. I am a senior citizen; a baby-boomer on social security living as an expat in Costa Rica. Our generation has resisted the new way of the world; the internet, social media, tweeting, etc. Think back to the days when the first family on the block to get a TV was huge news! We used to race to their homes to watch “Howdy Doody” on Saturday mornings.
When we got our own TV, we got to play “Winky-Dink”. And then we got excited about sending in 2 box-tops and 25 cents to get a Davey Crocket hat, or a Pinky Lee hat. Dad used to have to climb onto the roof while we adjusted the “rabbit ears” (antenna) and he would yell down: “Is there a picture?” We’ve come a long way, baby.
Today, December 31, 2013, I type on a keyboard attached to a tiny screen and soon I will hit a button that sends this to all parts of the world. I can wish “Happy New Year” to everybody on the planet with one tiny key-stroke, and I do wish it. To my sister-friends, I say thank you for supporting my free spirit all these years, but especially this year, 2013, when so many changes took place. Come see me in Costa Rica. I have saved plum pudding for you. You know it lasts forever – it’s the brandy and Guinness that makes this possible – and we will enjoy it together… Anne, Linda, Shymala, Sally … and for those of you that don’t like plum pudding, I will bake you a cake.
In 2014, I will lose ten pounds in preparation for the upcoming “Boomer-Bungee” so I can fit into the Wonder Woman costume. This is coming in February, right after the Atenas Chili Cook-Off … so much to do before another one bites the dust.
Happy New Year!