We stand hand-in-hand leaning over the railing of the little bridge that crosses the river in the park behind our house while the city behind us becomes a kaleidoscope of light in the icy water below. We’ve been here a thousand times repeating the same ritual, repeating the same wish, repeating the same crushing weight of always knowing the answer is no, but we come back anyways because hope is all we have left now. We drop the last tiny paper crane into the water, a silent plea cast out through the darkness like a message in a bottle to the world, and we watch it flutter to rest on the water’s surface and bob up and down as if replying “Your resilience and faith has been rewarded – wish granted” before its pulled under by the current.
The ball in New York dropped. In Texas, the last few minutes of 2016 tick away. I had considered seeking out some event to attend to ring in 2017, but I am spending a quiet night at home with the love of my life instead. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to welcome the passage of time.
In my perusal of blogs reminiscing about the past and looking forward to the future, one theme holds prominent – hope. It’s such a simple word that carries the weight of immeasurable possibility. I think we as a society, a brotherhood of human beings, could do with a little more hope in our lives. The simple act of having enough faith to hope can change many worlds.
So, here is to you my my fellow writer, reader, friend, lover, brother, sister, father, mother: I hope your New Year is as full of every kind of love, joy, kindness, achievement, and possibility you dream.
Happy New Year!