As I sit in my kitchen
With my coffee mug just refilled
I begin to think about past holidays in my life
With both joy and sadness I’m filled.
The years stretch back quite a long way
My childhood was lonely at times
My Dad and my Mom and myself, all alone
The tree held few gifts, we had to pinch all the dimes.
Two years in college was all I could do
The world and the wonders kept calling my name
By 23 I was wise to those wonders of life
Surrounded by friends, but all alone just the same.
After a few years, I cleaned up my act
Joined the Guard, spent a summer on a hot Georgia base
Met a man there, then got married, had two kids later on
Life was good, then he left, now there’s lines on my face.
Many Christmases I’ve celebrated
And New Year’s Eve parties, too
Many were joyous, filled with laughter
Yet others were sad, kinda lonely and blue.
So goes the seasons, the times of our lives
Like the tides, there’s an ebb and a flow
Each year of life is a mystery, a quest
How it will work itself out, we can never know.
To me, that’s the thrill of life here on earth
What’s around each new corner and bend
Though my walk is now slower and my hair has much gray
I can’t wait to see how next year will end!