Happy New Year! Has the beginning of this year been good to you? We’ve recently returned from a trip back home and I’ve been trying to get back on track with everything, hence the radio silence these few weeks. Since our return, we’ve made an excellent effort at battling jet-lag and resuming our usual routine. My husband was back at work the next morning and TT is at nursery again. Having settled the errands and other necessities, I finally have a little time this morning to sit in front of the laptop. Ok, I lie. I’ve been in some sort of inertia after the holiday, but it’s high time I got off my ass now.
So here we are, 2/3rds into the first month of the year. 2016 has been kind to us so far, and we ended 2015 well. Our trip home was wonderful. Without a doubt, we filled ourselves with local fare. I’m actually surprised that we were rather modest this time round and didn’t burst our pants. We also got to visit and revisit parts of Singapore that reminded me of how much we love that little city and how pampered we are back home. The best thing about our trip, though, was meeting up with family and friends (Oh, who am I kidding, I really enjoyed the food and wine too 😉 ). The hardest thing about being away is that loss of real conversations. Yes, you can exchange texts, pictures and videos on Whatsapp, Instagram and Facebook but it doesn’t quite equate to the same interaction as when you talk to someone, tête-à-tête.
I had numerous meaningful conversations with aunties, cousins and friends during our too-short trip. A lot of them revolved around our life in Abu Dhabi but the ones I remember the best are the ones on parenting, children and our different experiences. I had a great conversation with an Aunt about teaching our kids to respect others. Who best to hear it from than from someone with four grown-up kids who constantly demonstrate an innate thoughtfulness for others? I shared stories with cousins with young kids like TT. It was wonderful to see our little ones playing together and I hope they will remain close even though we are away so often and won’t get to see them as often as we’d like. I had other more serious conversations with cousins on our common struggles. These are more difficult to come by, as we rarely have enough time to stop and talk about the tough stuff, and it takes awhile before we really open up to each other. I appreciate their candour and support so much, and will always do my best to offer the same to them.
In the 7 months that we’ve been away from home, there have been so many changes in our lives. Sadly, many of these changes have taken place far away from us. In this short time, we have all grown a little older. We’ve welcomed a chubby little niece to our family. We’ve had to say goodbye to an Aunt. We’ve made some progress but also met with some obstacles. I’m sure that these are all familiar to you and this could be the story of your year as well. Personally, with the good and bad, we’ve met with some defeats but still pushed on to face another day. Our biggest joy lies with our child, who, even on the hardest days, reminds us that it’s never the end of the world and that there’s so much good in our lives and in the world. We just need to be patient and keep on looking for that good.
We never have to look too far. It’s easy to find it in our own children. We should be able to see more of it in ourselves, but we are our harshest critics and it’s hard to see past the tiniest of our own blemishes. But our children, they symbolise the best of everything. Our little girl embodies the best of my husband and me, and displays so much youth and hope and love. And considering that I have a huge part in her existence, I think I’ve done some good too.
I’ve never been one for resolutions and once again, I don’t have one for this year either. What I want, is to keep searching for that good in you and me. I am greatly thankful for 2015, and for all of you. Happy New Year everyone, I hope that this is a new beginning for all of us. May 2016 be a terrific year for you and your families!
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