Monday, December 17, 2007

Season after season



I’m feeling strangely happy …and excited…It has been a whole week since I did a post (a very long time by my standards) nor did any visiting/commenting and I got two reminders from rayshma, asking me if all was well. And of course from Prats, to find out if things were okay! That is one reason for my joy, that someone noticed that I’ve been quiet…you see it happens very rarely at home!!! The second reason is December. This month always does this to me. It makes my mood upbeat and gets that curve on my face, even if there is nothing to smile for.

It is already December…!!! It is that time of the year when beautifully lit streets beckon you and the season commands you to be merry. Another year draws to a close, 12months is a long time and you are forced to introspect.

This year was a year of more lows than highs. It was one that spelt grief and pain for the people very close to me. A family mourned an unexpected death and a relative is still battling cancer. The realization hits you like the icy wind on your face…that things are changing whether I like it or not.

It is because of these low points that i've learnt to treasure the good moments. The moments when my oldest surprised me with his ability to adapt, when we moved here to Singapore. This move has shown me a new beautiful side of him which I will always cherish.

I’ve always loved this part of the year. I never make resolutions because to me a commitment is sacred. But I look forward to the New Year because it symbolizes the beginning, in more ways than one. I turn a year older too, quite at the very beginning, so it acts as a wake-up call. Time is indeed flying and girl, you better hurry if you want to walk on all those paths you’ve charted out.

Blogging has given me a medium to enjoy my writing. Writer’s island, Sunday scribbling and the Wordless Wednesdays make sure I come back for more!

It’s been six months since I’ve joined this lovely circle of virtual friends and it is still expanding, each day getting to know someone new. Prats certainly holds a special place for it was through her that I discovered the wonderful world of blogging. In fact she gave me the pleasure of my first comment and she indeed is a beautiful person through and through.

There is a nip in the air even here in pleasant Singapore. There is an excitement in my heart and I seem to be smiling a lot these days. My heart does a little jig as the countdown begins. The countdown not for the New Year but for the week my parents arrive here to spend time with their grandchildren. After a long, long time, I’ve heard the excitement in their voices, and I’m delighted that if not anything, I can at least brighten these last two weeks of the year and get a smile back on their faces…

This time writer’s island came up with the apt prompt “The Season” and it so well reflects my current season, with all its beautiful moods. Yes, it is a SEASON reflecting change; change for the better, a season of a new me!! It is a season of renewal and I'm aiming high to realise a few dreams.

I wish all you people out there a beautiful season ahead, a year which brings out more smiles in you than tears and the fulfillment of many wonderful dreams. Wishes from the heart…thought aloud!!!

22 comments:

Rambler said...

I like it when parents refer to kids as my oldest my youngest.. the feeling of "my" is good to see...
Nice to see you blogging.. and people like you always add perspective to all readers out here and at the island..
enjoy the holiday season and have fun :)

Prats said...

aaaawww, now i'm all blushing!! But thank you so much....It feels so good to have such lovely friends out here...

And now girl...live upto this season of hope and love.
Its a season to be happy and forget all your worries...and thats what you must be doing, let the grandparents do the cuddling while you go chill out and enjoy...MERRY CHRISTMAS

Ziah said...

Hey! Merry Christmas! :)

keith hillman said...

Nice words and a beautiful picture to remind us what comes next! Happy Christmas

Joy said...

Good to know you are back with a wonderful post. Holidays defintely lightens ones mood. Enjoy your time with parents and kids. May the new year brings you all that you wish for. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Just Jen said...

I had the same idea for my post but it came out much more cynical. I wish I was cheery and enjoying it like you! You reminded me to get my eyes off the last year and put them to the new year! I hope you have a great Christmas and visiting your family. Singapore sounds really awesome!

paisley said...

well it sounds like you have a wonderful family holiday planned,, i wish you all the happinesses the holiday should bring....

rayshma said...

it's SO good to see u back! :)
i was wondering if u were being sarcy on d orkut scrap... then came here and realized not every1s as wicked as i am! :)
dec always gives me a "time's flying and u're wasting it" kinda feeling... not that i do anything abt it! lol!
have fun! and get pampered ;)

Preethi said...

Welcome back suma.. missed you!!
And wow parents coming there eh?? Thats a reason in itself to rejoice...
Have fun and like Rayshma says get pampered!! :)
Wishing you a merry christmas and happy new year..

Ps said...

i LOVE december too .It is the BEST month! ;-)

Preethi said...

Hey why is there no * against your blog in my blog link..i almost missed your new post :(

Marja said...

Wish you all the best and hope Next year will bring you lots of goods. See you next year

Mary Timme said...

I didn't say it half so well. I love this time of year too. Isn't it just the best. And being with loved ones. That is the best. Even if we didn't get to choose them.

Jeques said...

I liked how you shared your thoughts of the season in random. It was like having a casual conversation with you.

I am most struck by your story having somebody sick in the family this season. My father is battling with cancer in the hospital back in the Philippines right now and I'm here away from home alone celebrating Christmas. But I need to do this to pay the hospital bills.

Like what you said, bad times should remind us of happier days and great moments. Mine is my first snow. click link below to view.

http://jeques.wordpress.com/2007/12/18/my-first-snowre-posted-for-writers-island/

I wish you well this season.

~ Jeques

tumblewords said...

Your writing is a pleasure to read and this post is surely uplifting and inspirational!

Thinking aloud said...

@ rambler...
learning to let go is also important...thanks for the holiday wishes

@ prats...
You bet i'm going to enjoy myself

@ ziah...
merry xmas to you too...hopeflly the new year sees some story happening ;)

@ keith...
thanks and yours was a masterpiece!!!

@ joy...
hey thanks, while I get pampered, wish you a great year ahead!!!

@ justjen...
You certainly seemed low...hope the season cheers you up and thank you!

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Thinking aloud said...

@ paisley...
thank you so much...:)

@ rayshma...
me sarcy....? heh..heh...what did u do to deserve that?Thanks for wishes

@ preethi...
i know sometimes blogroll acts funny :(
what's your plan for the hols? have fun :)

@ ps...
:) would that be because of a certain lady's b'day ?

@ marja...
thank you...se u next year for sure!

@ marytimme...
This time i was more like talking to myself...I agree, it's going to be a wonderful end of the year for me :)

@jeques...
That's sad...best wishes for your father and may you find te strength to cope...I will defintely take a look at your first snow ...cheers!

@ sue..
That made my day indeed!! thank you...

gautami tripathy said...

Have a great new year!

Lea said...

I noticed that I hadn't seen you around and came a looking for you and found this bounty of all that you're savoring this season! Have a wonderful time with your parents!

Thinking aloud said...

@ gautami...
thank you and wish you teh same :)

@ lea...
sigh...that was such a sweet gesture..thank you for looking for me and yes, i've not had much time...have great year, lea and i'm sure going to :)

UL said...

Ah finally got here, and well worth the wait...you do write from the heart to the reader's heart, and spread feelings and emotions beautifully. Hope the low bits turn high for you, presuming that your b'day is coming up in Jan, advance greetings and finally thanks for asking after my daughter. She is on the mend now, well on the road to recovery...thank you.

UL

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