Daily Archives: 12.01.2014

Reverb 14 | Prompt 1 | At the Start

#reverb14 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2014 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Through December 31st Meredith,Sarah and I will be posting each day with a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.

At the start: Where did you start 2014?  Give us some background on this year.

I wish that for the life of me, I had the vaguest recollection of what January was like this year.  I know that at the end of 2013, a larger than normal number of friends were dealing with or recovering from profoundly life-threatening illnesses.  Even one friend suffering would have been too many, so emotionally I was just exhausted, and practically I was way too comfortable with visiting 20-somethings in the ICU.

Really, the only distinct memory I have of the entire month of January is New Year’s Day.  We threw a New Year’s Eve party with a small group of our close friends.  We ate on our china and used our silver and it was fancy.  The next morning, we woke up and cooked a brunch of lemon ricotta hotcakes and sausage bread from Damn Good Food, our guests departed and that was it.  We cleaned up and it was all very boring and Just Fine.  2014: Already better than 2013!

At the start of 2014, I had this grandiose idea that we would have an ordinary year.  To me, ordinary seemed like a year where we weren’t traveling constantly and we simply got to be ourselves.  At home.  I was very much looking forward to a year of weekend afternoons spent on the couch, dinners eaten together, and summer days on the deck.  All of that sounds idyllic and peaceful and like the complete opposite of what our life is like most of the time, so I suppose that’s why ordinary is what I strive for.  Ordinary is enough.