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say hello, wave goodbye

Goodbye, 2012. You weren't my worst year ever, but I'm not sorry to see you go. You weren't that deadbeat 2008 crashing on my couch and playing Halo all day in your underwear, but you didn't do much to distinguish yourself, either. Not that you all have to be like 2006 and 2007 and being a mixed bag isn't necessarily a strike against you. But you started out a better friend than you ended up being and the more I got to know you, the less I liked you. Plus, you were kind of bitchy-nice. At least 2009 had the decency to just punch me right in the face instead of this passive-aggressive bullshit.

As for you, 2013, your reputation precedes you and it is not reassuring. Turmoil, disruption, chaos...those are generally the characteristics of a toxic personality that I could not wait to be rid of. But maybe all those rumors about you are mistaken. I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, but don't push me, 2013. Ask 2003 and 2004 what happened when they ganged up on me. If you can find them.

Of course, you're bringing me the big four-oh right off the bat. That's a gift I have mixed feelings about, though not for the reasons you might assume. But I'll keep an open mind and see what you bring me. You might be one of those challenging friends that's hard to get to know, but one worth having just the same.

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Reader Comments (6)

well said

Jan 2, 2013 at 8:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterDad

Thanks, Dad. :)

Jan 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM | Registered CommenterBitty

Enjoyed this post. I have a feeling 2013 is gonna leave a mark. For me personally, 2012 started some things it couldn't finish. I'm actually trying to decide if I need to open my arms and heart wide to let 2013 do its work or grab on with a white knuckle grip to prepare for the ride!

Jan 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterTammy

Tammy: I have the same feeling, unfortunately. (Or maybe you meant "leave a mark" in a good way? :) As for whether to embrace it or prepare and hunker down...I suppose since we don't have a choice about the ride, we might as well make the best of it.

Jan 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM | Registered CommenterBitty

Oooooh, I confess I'm not informed about the misery of 2012, I'll try to catch up. I'm sorry things have been so hard.

Mar 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterNeva

Thanks, Neva.

2012 wasn't miserable, exactly, just...challenging.

Apr 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM | Registered CommenterBitty

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