With an early deadline this week, I have little to offer in terms of news. I can't reflect on Christmas, because it hasn't actually happened yet and thinking about the New Year just boggles my mind. Can you believe 2006 is almost over? It seems like just the other day, we were celebrating the "millennium" and now it will soon be 2007. Sometimes, each minute passes slowly but when the minutes are put together, they have flown by before we know it.
There is still time to return overdue books to your local library without punishment. Library Fine Amnesty continues in all six Island libraries through December 31. Instead of paying a fine, bring in a nonperishable food item for the Island Food Pantry.
A moonrise walk will take place at 4 pm at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Jan. 3. Suzan Bellincampi will lead the evening walk and you can watch the full moon rise over Sengekontacket Pond. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $5; members are free. For more information, please call 508-627-4850, ext. 102.
Phil and Shirley Craig hosted their annual Solstice party last week, to which Jamie and I were invited for the first time. I'd like to share more about the wonderful evening but I've been informed "what happens at Solstice stays at Solstice."
It was with incredible shock and sadness that I heard of the passing of Mary "Mebbit" Morano this week. What an incredible woman! Though I didn't know her well, I had gotten to know her better after my mom passed and through our children. She was always bright and joyful, regardless of the obstacles she faced and it was only a week earlier that we had been laughing and joking together with the kids at tennis. How lucky she was to have such a beautiful and loving family to help see her through her trying times and how lucky they were to have her as well. I know that her husband, Charlie, and her children, Charlie and Mary, were the light of her life and that she drew great strength and courage from her love for them. No one should have to suffer the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Morano family. The loss of her ever-present smile and bright spirit will be felt by many.
On Wednesday, I was playing with the kids on the playground at Rainbow Place and heard a strange noise. Looking up, I was amazed to see a flock of white doves fly over my head. Never having seen such a beautiful site, I told everyone I knew about it. When I told Kelly about it, she shared that at about the same time, she passed the hearse heading to the funeral home and thought of Mebbit. I couldn't help but wonder if the doves weren't some sort of message from Mebbit, letting us know that she is okay and at peace after a long and hard-fought battle. I'm choosing to believe that it was more than coincidence anyway.
So, we now head into the New Year, a little sadder perhaps, a little wiser, definitely older, and full of new hope for a healthy and happy year ahead, one of joy and peace. A little prosperity wouldn't hurt either. In honor of the New Year, I thought I'd toss it out there that if anyone would like to share their New Year's Resolution in the column next week, I'd be more than happy to include them. Mine is to eat more chocolate. No wait, that's not right. I think I'm supposed to eat less chocolate. But in truth, my real resolution is to slow down, gain more control of my chaotic life (somehow), and spend more time being in the moment with my children. Got a good one to share? Send it in before Sunday.
That's all, folks. I hope you had wonderful holidays and I wish you all a very Happy New Year.