As the year comes to a close just over a week from now, it is also a time of reflection for me. I have been relatively silent on this blog because (ironically), it's been such an eventful year. And if I write at all, my posts have been noticeably short.
From W's graduation from high school, to our relocation from Beijing to Hong Kong, to the actual move, then helping W settle into college, and spending time with the parental units as well as the in-law, and trying to find my way around HK, organizing a big anniversary dinner for my parents here together with hosting my immediate family in our very small apartment... *deep breath*.... just reading the summary of what all these events is enough to make me tired, let along write about it all!
Now that Z is here for the winter break, and W arriving tomorrow, it's time for some family time, a rare occasion indeed when we are all under one roof simultaneously! We leave for a much-needed & longed for beach vacation in Phuket next week.
The year has gone by in a blur. Some events which stand out for me (apart from those already mentioned above) were the US elections (which thankfully, Obama won), watching Jason Mraz perform in HK (amazing, as always) and the recent massacre of children & teachers in Newtown, MA (such a sad tragedy). The latter incident saddens & angers me. I have blogged about the lack of gun control in the USA before, and sad to say, nothing much has changed since. I hope that everyone can sit down & have a civilized conversation about this issue & come up with good, practical implementable solutions to this multifactoral problem. I hope that these children did not die in vain; that they will be remembered, not as victims of a crazed person who had such easy access to deadly weapons, but as the stimuli which pushed for change for the better.
Merry Christmas everyone, and give your child(ren) an extra hug today.
And have a Happy New Year.