John Scalzi writes:
First the important news: This is the last Weekend Assignment I’ll be doing here at By The Way. Next week is the last full week of me doing By The Way, and also we’ll be in the thick of holiday madness, so I think it’s best to wrap up this very long-running feature here and now. It’s been lots of fun, though, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed playing along as much as I have.
But I don’t want to spend too much time with the past here, because the future is so much more interesting to me at the moment. With that in mind, here is the topic for this week’s Weekend Assignment:
Weekend Assignment #196: What are your hopes or plans for 2008? Any big projects for the year? Anything you hope to accomplish or change? Or will you just relax? Because, you know, that’s okay, too.
Well, anyone who has hung out around here the past few weeks already knows what some of my plans are here under the Big Top. I am going to be a grandmother!
With all the analysis (and judgements) taking place in the news, the info-tainment shows and the blogosphere I guess now would be the time that I weigh in on what has been considered to be newsworthy recently. Frankly, I have nothing to say about other people’s daughters and future grandchildren. It’s just too easy to be sanctimonious and mommier-than-thou in this case. But then again, people who live in glass houses…well, you know. I will say here and now, that although my twenty-one year old’s impending motherhood as a single lady was not necessarily what I would want for her I am more than happy over this special coming attraction here under the Big Top. We have tried to raise our children to make responsible choices with their bodies and sexuality. Still stuff happens even when one is responsible. In my nursing practice, I call them bonus babies. In this case, I’m thankful to see that my daughter thoughtfully made her choice in a way that models her own upbringing. Oh yes, I see a lot of challenges ahead for Holly and her baby but then again, I am still challenged (and sometimes overwhelmed) because being a parent is HARD! I have no doubt it will be harder for Holly because the father has chosen to stay out of the picture. Still I also have no doubt that Holly and my grandchild will be surrounded by family and friends who love and support both of them. Holly is going to be an amazing mommy in spite of my influence in her life. I look forward to this next phase in her life and mine.
There are other plans including dance and cheer competitions, celebrating twenty-five years of marriage, another trip to Disneyland (if Daniel poops in the potty), a little bit of travel (Vegas, Hawaii and who knows?). I hope also that I can cut back my work hours because, well, with all these plans, I obviously will be juggling even more in 2008.
Extra Credit: How was your 2007?
All in all, 2007 was a good year. We are all healthy. We made some wonderful memories. I can only hope and pray that 2008 will be more of the same.
This is indeed the last Weekend Assignment as John Scalzi is preparing to devote more time to his writing career. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I am sad to see an end to the usual stuff with By The Way but I am excited for the next adventure for him. Under the Blogfathjer’s tutelage through his Weekend Assignments and Monday Photo Shoots I managed to cultivate this little blog of mine into something that some folks actually want to read. It is still a means for me to record the day to day comings and goings of my circus life with my Ringmaster and my Clowns but the great Blogfather challenged me to make it more than just a laundry list. I re-discovered something I loved when I was a teenager…writing just for the joy of writing. I know it will never be the must read #1 blog or the next great American novel but I am still satisfied wih this creative outlet and what might someday be a gift to my family of their lives. Mr. Scalzi, I thank you for the instruction and inspiration.