Tuesday, December 27, 2016


It has been a long, cold December, filled with many joyful moments and a few sad ones.

I will be attending the memorial of a friend, in a couple days, who was only in his 50's. I'm sad for his entire family, but especially for his mother. It never seems right for a child to pass before a parent. Other friends said goodbye to their mother just recently, and I understand that loss as well. While we may have peace, it's still so hard to say farewell to people we love.

In a year filled with the of the loss of so many, celebrities as well as personal, today's news still came as a shock. Carrie Fisher, gone much too soon. I was such a fan, beginning with Star Wars, but my favorite role of hers was as Marie, Sally's friend, in When Harry Met Sally. I watched a couple interviews about her newest book, just within the past few weeks. I'm sure many fans around the world are grieving her loss, but a light like hers can never be dimmed. Heaven is a brighter place today, with all the beautiful souls who have left us this year.

All of this has increased my appreciation for each day I've been given. My only resolution for the New Year is to enjoy the moments, big and little, while I'm still able to! Wishing each of you Peace and Joy!

© 27DEC2016 ajj


Donna said...

And then... her Mother dies!! Debbie Reynolds passed one day after Carrie Fisher died!
What a year that I'll be so glad to see the back of...
Here's to 2017! May it be a year filled with lots of happiness for us all!

Sally said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend and I agree with you about his mother. I remember when my brother passed and MoM saying as she hugged me saying oh what are we going to do?
Then of course when my grandson died my daughter has become reclusive and I rarely see her as before. As beautiful as life can be, it's comes so difficult as well.

Praying you have a good 2017, Nita Jo.

Sally said...

I'm having to use my phone now so please excuse the many errors

Nita Jo said...

Donna, I know exactly what you mean. I'm ready for a New Year, though my family had some joy in 2016, one highlight was watching our Chicago Cubs finally win! There were some graduations, new jobs, weddings, babies, etc. The politics and violence happening has been discouraging, so I'm done with that for sure! I'm so sad about Debbie and Carrie. Looking forward to the HBO documentary starring them!

Sally, Thank you for your thoughts! It is such a hard thing, and I'm sorry you have to understand it so well. Don't worry about posting errors. I make them even using my computer, and I can always delete duplicates. :)