Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014-Worst Year Ever!

Good riddance to sucky 2014

Marilyn Langford

Unfair and Unbalanced

Thursday, January 1, 2015 5:51 AM CST
The magical time of the year is over.  The sad looking, empty Christmas tree is standing there to remind you.   It is now time to say goodbye to the year 2014.  When I reflect on 2014, a melody is stuck in my brain.  It’s an old Roy Clark country tune, “Thank God and Greyhound  It’s (She’s) Gone.” 

WHEN I retired over a year ago, George and I hoped to travel and visit with relatives and friends we had neglected all those years because we worked and didn’t have time.  In 2014, we did get to travel.  A lot.  We did get to visit with family and friends. Lots of them. However, it was not joyful occasions like we had imagined.  Be careful what you wish for.

THIS PAST year has been the suckiest ever for my family.  I’m sorry for using that distasteful word but it is the one that describes it best.  That word says it all.  During the span of a year, I have lost three brothers, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and a life-long friend. That seems pretty darn sucky to me.  I have a selfish reason for telling you this and it’s NOT to make you feel sorry for me.  It’s because when I write about something it is a cathartic process for me.  When I tell my story, it helps me move on.  It provides me emotional healing.

I AM fully aware that a bad 2014 is not exclusive to my family and I.  In fact, it was a sucky year for all of Monroe County as we were all touched by the loss of Officer Norris. 

2014 WAS a sucky year for Democrats.  The “Hope” is still here but the “Change” is coming much too slow.  I had visions of a new progressive Georgia but it was not to be.  At least not this election year.  It was a sucky year for Republicans, too, because whatever happens now, they HAVE to own it.

2014 WAS a sucky year for race relations in this country.  Police officers in general have had a sucky year.  It’s been a sucky year for world peace.  I could go on and on and I’m sure you have your own list, too.

HAVING GOTTEN all this off my chest, I feel much better now.  My optimism is returning.  Thank you Will Davis for providing this platform to me in 2014, to freely share my views, opinions, gripes, and now my personal difficulties.  That doesn’t suck at all!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Marilyn Langford of High Falls writes a regular op-ed column in the Reporter sharing the liberal perspective on events.