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Holiday thoughts from Kansas

Posted Dec 16 2010 9:34am
It has been three weeks since my last posting.  Winter is in full swing out here on the plains of Kansas.  As you read this, I hope you and your family and friends will enjoy the very best of your family's holiday traditions. 

I know these traditional holiday times bring a mix of emotions to us all.  Time has moved on, change has happened.  All of you in the midst of the journey of AD, your unique "tripover", know the truth of life's constant and inevitable movement.  This week I received a card from a cousin, who enclosed a picture of the six Hayen boys, Don, myself, and our four brothers.  Our sis, Carolyn was no longer living.  So it was a new beginning for the six of us.  Taken some years ago at a family gathering in our home town of Marion, Kansas, it was a great picture of the guys.  We were all well, still very much alive and vital.  That time is gone.  It's just Don and me from that old picture, who now remain in this life in the new picture. He and I, with our spouses, family, and friends,  have lived through all of this change, some expected, some not so expected.  Indeed, it has been quite a trip.  The point is it is a new picture in which we all have to find life.

As the picture changes, how we move with those changes defines life for each of us. Thank goodness for our spouses, our kids, our friends who remain to support us and create a new context in which we live and define life today.  As I have said before it is imperitive we surround ourselves with these people who are willing to share this journey.  Especially in these holiday times, when memories of what was can sometimes take us over.  Celebrate those great times in that old pictures.  Find life in the new.   Have a great season.  From Kansas.  Jan  

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