“And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last.” – Counting Crows (A Long December)
This year has been very difficult for my family. We started the year off with an unannounced cut to Joe’s bonus – something that lasted for six months or so and was not ever fully restored. Money was beyond tight – we were losing money each month.
I had to have surgery to get a tooth pulled.
The boiler system for our building broke and it took several days for it to be repaired.
Our car got totaled in a wreck – thankfully, nobody was injured. But the car had to be replaced. Our other car was older anyway, but now we have a monthly car payment.
A month or so later, Kai’s mother died. Everything changed and additional unneeded stress was added from outside influences regarding her death.
We spent two months without any child support – money that was being used to pay bills. Likewise, we had to add Kai to Joe’s health insurance at about double what it cost to have him on his mother’s (that money had previously been counted as child support).
We took a trip to North Carolina for Kai’s aunt’s wedding – which was nice but was also somewhat stressful in the planning, and we all came home sick. Joe got bronchitis and I got pneumonia. Kai was coughing a lot and “goopy”. The power was out when we arrive home, so we had to kind of force our way into the building. In the middle of this, the elevator broke. Trekking up and down the stairs with bronchitis/pneumonia is a real “treat”. And we were sick for months. MONTHS.
Joe’s mother died.
Our apartment complex has been being remodeled – we lost our swimming pool, had to deal with inaccessible elevators for days on end, and the “noise pollution” was really difficult on Kai and me.
One of our cats started marking things – including the bed, every day, sometimes twice a day. We had to take him to be fixed. (That has, luckily, seemed to stop that behavior.) I’m glad it got done, but that was also a significant expense.
I feel beaten down, like this year was just out to screw us over.
But no matter. The wheel of time keeps on turning.
I have hope that next year will be better.