There are 8765 hours in a year – and each of them has ticked off once again since Risa passed away in 2010. Entering my fifth year as a single parent raising two girls and I can say we are making the best of our lives and have overcome life’s hurdles – not without challenges. But 8765 times four living and remembering, we’re hanging in.
A lot happened during the course of the year – along with each of us getting a year older we’ve gone about living our lives together and independently – and I think each of us have learned a lot. The memories we share of Risa are never far away, and we talk about them a lot.
For me, I’ve had the chance to do so much during the last year. It may not look like a well planned and thought out process – but more often than not it is. There are so many people in my life who help make things easier to deal with. Many have been there for a life time or longer – others are new.
For the girls, the year has been full of a lot of change and transition. 14.0 is in high school now, and asserting her independence. 12.0 is growing so quickly – and is quickly becoming a young lady. She’s deep into the circuit for bar/bat mitzvahs for friends now – with hers less than a year away.
In the middle of the year our long time sitter moved out. A few months later, my brother (who needed a chance to re-boot) moved in. One day we’ll get our house back – but until then, I think Risa would be happy. 8765 time four living and remembering – and we’re doing OK.