2008 was certainly an interesting year — not just for my family, but also the rest of the world as well. I won’t mention the incidents that affected my family this year — partly because I’ve already mentioned them in past blog articles (and also because I’d rather put them behind me, as we approach 2009); after all, it’s the holidays, a time not to relive past nightmares.
As the first decade of the 21st Century comes to an end, the changes we’ve experienced have been, to put it mildly, staggering. As we Americans await the inaugration of the first-ever African-American president in our country’s history, we can hope that he’ll restore it to its rightful position in the world arena by doing, among other things, helping to bring an end to the current global economic crisis that already threatens to dwarf the Great Depression in more ways than one. True, under President Bush, our country hasn’t been attacked by terrorists since 9/11 — however, it’ll be nice to see some new blood in the White House, and with it, the sweeping changes that will benefit not only us Americans, but the rest of the world as well (which makes me — to a certain degree — that John McCain and Sarah Palin weren’t elected last month).
I’m no psychic — and I never claimed to be in the first place — and not even I can predict what 2009 will bring. Of course, nobody can — we can only hope and pray that things will improve by the end of next year, based in part on learning from our past mistakes and not making any new ones in the process. Because you can never tell what the future’ll bring — and what we’ve experienced in this decade alone is already proof of that.
I’d write more — but I do need to rest up in order to enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend, including both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So I’ll just end by saying — HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
— John Lavernoich
December 23, 2008