Through the good and lean years and through all the in-between years…is a line from Frank Sinatra’s hit tune All the Way. I looked through the archives of my posts and saw that my final post of 2012 was a blow-by-blow recap of that year in review for my life. Not a bad post for one titled The In-Between Years but it seems like such a long time ago in a land far away from where I am today. A year can fly past in a hurry and yet, the passage of time, regardless of our perception of its speed, never leaves us unchanged.
I rarely “mix” blogs, but I want to quote The Red Man’s opinion of 2013 in his final December, 2012 post. He has such a way with words.
I’m not sure what my plans are for the New Year, but I don’t like the sound of 2013. It’s an odd-numbered year, and I don’t accept odd-numbered years as authentic. I would prefer to have all even-numbered years. So we’d skip 2013 and go right on to 2014 and then 2016 and so on. You get the picture.
Yes, Red Man, I do get the picture and you are a prophet in your own ‘Hood. 2013 was one of those lean years Frank Sinatra sang about. To tell the truth, the bad so outweighed the good I won’t bother to review it. The better news is it’s finally coming to a close and 2014 is just around the next Bowl Game.
I was talking to a cousin who called me on Christmas Day to wish me a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I appreciated the call and the visit we had. The thousand miles that separated us couldn’t break the ties that bind us.
We were talking about the vicissitudes of life, as my daddy used to call them, and Gaylen who has spent over forty years hanging out with cowboys at rodeos told me one of their favorite quotes: The horse you draw is the one you’ll ride.
I like it. No apologies. No excuses. No whining about why did I get this horse. No wondering about whether this rodeo was one I should’ve signed up for. No mulling over how I ever got to be a cowboy in the first place. It’s now or it’s never – so you ride.
I have hope for 2014 along with The Red Man who loves even-numbered years and am optimistic that I will be a better person in the New Year. I can’t control the rodeos around me, but I have been reminded I can still ride.
I hope the horses you draw in 2014 will be ones you’ll want to ride.
Teresa and I wish you all a Happy New Year from our family to yours!