It might be viewed as a down note by some, my Father died at the dawn of the year. But Dad lived to a good old age and made a number of achievements in his long life. His children are accomplished and launched on their own paths and he had a tremendous impact on the world. It’s understandable to dwell on the fact that he died around Christmastime, but in fact I loved the way our family came together to celebrate his life, create a memorable photo montage, and the three of his children actually spent the evening together without our spouses to run interference, though not without a little conflict. This was quite a milestone for us, so I actually have warm memories of the end of Dad’s life. Rather than ruining the year, I think it gave the year a bittersweet start.
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