Another year has whizzed by. That's kind of scary. Seems like only yesterday it was 2009. All day I've tried to think of memorable moments in the past year.
The first memory was the un-forgettable ice storm that paralyzed our region. The storm caused massive damage to trees. Even now, hunters say it's next to impossible to walk in some rural woodland due to fallen limbs, trees and brush which has obliterated trails and paths. It will take years for nature to reclaim what was damaged by the ice.
Also, there was the record rainfall in 2009 and heavy crop losses.
Nationally, there was the inauguration of the first African-American president, Barack Obama.
The New York Yankees won the World Series.
There was the miracle on the Hudson River when a U.S. Airways passenger jet made a successful emergency ditching with all 155 people on board surviving.
Health care reform dominated the national news.
Not all moments were necessarily good ones.
There was the rude awakening recession with economic woes, probably the top story of the year.
There were bank failures, home foreclosures, record unemployment and bankruptcy in the automotive industry.
A new strain of flu called H1N1 caused much concern, killing 10,000 people in the United States.
There was the shocking death at age 50 of Michael Jackson. And the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy.
There were revelations of sexual impropriety concerning U.S. congressmen, and indiscretions of David Letterman and Tiger Woods.
There was the horror of the terrorist attack at Ft. Hood.
But, personally, I think it was a pretty good year overall for me...I had plenty of food, water and shelter.
You know, if you started the New Year with fairly good health, you are off to a good start.
If your spouse still loves you and shows it, that's a plus.
If you have money in your pocket and your tires aren't bald, that's a good thing too.
If you have a paycheck that pays your bills, you are better off than a lot of unemployed.
If your doctor gave you good news, then that's the start of a new beginning.
If you are able to sleep in your own bed at night, that's a Happy New Year.
If you aren't in a cold jail cell, you are fortunate.
If your husband, boyfriend, father, brother or sister came home safely from the war, that was an unforgettable moment.
If your children are loving and supportive, that's a blessing.
If you begin the new year with love, not hate, in your heart.
If you can keep just one of your New Year's resolutions, you've beaten the odds.
As you ring in the New Year, remember the moments.