January 01, 2006

Breaking in the new year right

The new year began with snow for us here in coastal Connecticut. Lots of thick, wet snow everywhere.

So, our new year officially began with snow suits for the children and a shovel for me. They tried out their new sleds (Hanukkah gift from my parents) with great shrieks, dastardly spills, and dizzy revolutions. I would pause in my occupations of shoveling driveway and sidewalk to watch and listen to the shouts of laughter. Indeed, watching the 22 week pregnant Viking Bride slide down the slope was excellent, too.

After an hour spent in the snow, we rang in the new year properly. The kids had oatmeal with dried fruits and I. . . I had some hard earned contentment. I sat at the kitchen table amid the happy bustle of my family with the NY Times spread before me and a large mug of fresh brewed coffee into which I liberally added milk and Cognac. A cafe corretto, in Italian, or a kaffe avec, in Norwegian. Still, whatever you call it, it is a lovely reward for an hour of hard work on a cold morning.

Nothing to make a habit of, but it gives a nice glow to the new year, to a new beginning.

Not a bad thing at all, really. I wish you all a happy new year, filled with shrieks of fun and a little bit of Cognac for when it gets cold.

I have written and deleted a sentence about three or four times now, however, concerning a matter of grave concern to me. I am trying not to rush to judgment about something until I have all the facts, but just the same, I feel a great sense of unease. An uncle may have committed a breach of trust in our family concern, a concern of which I am a board member. I wish I did not have to start the new year wondering if my uncle is a goniff. And trying to figure out what to do about it. Either way, even if it is totally innocent, and the amount of money involved makes it hard to think that way, any faith or trust I may have in his judgment is impaired. So, in truth, it is a rather mixed way to start the new year and not, I hope, a harbinger of things to come.

Posted by Random Penseur at January 1, 2006 02:33 PM | TrackBack

Oy, I hope there is a reasonable explanation! Happy New Year in spite, RP!

Posted by: Mark at January 1, 2006 04:41 PM

Maybe he just forgot to carry the two. Happy New Year, RP!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at January 1, 2006 10:50 PM

Hopefully it was something stupid instead of something foolish. :(

Posted by: Jim at January 3, 2006 11:00 AM

Oh no! I hope you find out it's just been a mistake. It's terrible to find out you cannot trust family; the worst thing ever, I think. :-(

Posted by: Amber at January 3, 2006 03:51 PM

Wow snow, I almost forget what that stuff looks like, it's been unseasonably warm around here, no snow to be seen. 4 times in the last 20 years I think.. .maybe more.

I hope the thing with your uncle is nothing spectacular or terribly bad.

Posted by: Oorgo at January 4, 2006 02:28 PM
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