by Annette Dashofy
I’m so glad to be solidly mid-way through the first week of 2010. Life is gradually beginning to get back to normal. At least if you consider shoveling snow on a daily basis, “normal.”
The entire holiday thing goes on way too long if you ask me, which no one has. Christmas cards and ornaments go on sale in some stores right after the Fourth of July. Halloween decorations come down on November first and are replaced with Christmas lights.
And the day after Christmas, we begin to reminisce. We look back at the past year. And in this case, we look back at the past decade. I admit it. I rather enjoy these trips down memory lane.
On the Sunday before New Years, CBS Sunday Morning (one of my all time favorite TV shows) does a tribute to those who have passed during the year. I never miss it. I arm myself with a box of tissues and sniffle through the film clips and photographs.
But then there are the compilations that are rerun on news and pseudo-news programs. Over. And over. And over again. By the time New Year arrives, I am so thrilled to know I won’t have to watch any more of those blasted things.
But of course, they run them again on New Year’s Day.
Thankfully, I haven’t seen a retrospective in a couple of days now. No more re-hashing what a lousy year and decade it’s been. No more clips of Michael Jackson and Walter Cronkite.
(To be honest, I don’t know that I’d ever tire of clips of Walter. It just makes me weepy to know he’s gone and I’m really tired of being weepy).
So good-bye and good riddance to the long farewells. Bring on 2010 and a bunch of new news stories. Preferably a few good ones, thank you very much.