It’s the second Monday of 2022 and I swear 2022 is trying to outdo both 2020 and 2021.
Last night a friend posted a meme that read, “2022 feels like that boyfriend we’re about to take back for the third time because he swears he’s changed.”
We’ve had one Monday, yes, but what about second Monday?
Take a seat, Pippin.
We’re only 10 days into the year and I’m already checking prices for champagne and noisemakers.
I mentioned some of this Friday.
Since Christmas, my show at the amusement park was closed due to COVID. My wife and younger son tested positive, and my mother fell and broke her leg.
I just returned yesterday evening from a visit where I helped her transition into rehab.
I should note for the neighbors that, while I had the best of intentions to deal with the leaves after the holidays, my weekends just got really busy again.
In addition to all of that, we had the snow debacle that stranded hundreds of people for some 27 hours on I-95 and all we got from the officials was “oops.”
We lost Betty White on New Year’s Eve, and we’ve lost Sidney Portier and Bob Saget in the last couple of days.
I know I said that the turning of a calendar page and one magical night wouldn’t make all of our troubles go away.
But I had no idea that was prophecy.
Still, we carry on. Really what choice to we have?
I’d like things to be all sunshine and lollipops, but that’s just not going to happen.
If I’m being completely honest, I have to admit that I’m feeling a bit stressed this morning.
Or maybe it’s distracted. I learned that coffee brews faster when you turn the pot on.
I don’t like everything that the world is telling me I have to deal with.
I saw this movie last year, and I didn’t like it.
But then I remember:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I’m not alone in this. Neither are you.
Yes, it’s hard at times. Okay, most of the time.
But we’re not alone.
That doesn’t take our troubles away. But it gives us a confidence that we’ll get through this.
One Monday at at time.