At 8 a.m. the fire alarm blasts.
It's our first one of the year -- a false alarm, thank goodness!
Still it's jarring, and heart pounding, and blaringly loud. The siren echoes off the walls of my bedroom. At least I have my leg on.
No pants yet. But at least a leg!
I flip my Genium upside down and pop off its shoe. Ears ringing, hands shaking, I slide on a pair of corduroys, refit the shoe, and lock my knee back into place. Then I grab my cell phone from the night table. Pull on a jacket. Head for the stairs.
Halfway down, I notice my left foot is still wearing its sock from yesterday.
Oh well. Not bad for an emergency.
It's January 3, 2017. Does the beginning of the year predict the rest?
It seems like it would, but experience tells me it doesn't work that way. (And in today's case, that's probably a good thing!) After all, I've had plenty of great New Year celebrations with not-so-good years to follow.
Wanna travel back in time? Here's a clip of the fun:
(To view it on youtube, click here.)
Those were the good old days! But listen. Bon Jovi called it. Life was about to take a dramatic turn. Who would have guessed I'd be Livin' on a Prayer, literally, by the end of that year??
On January 1, 2011 -- exactly one year, 12 surgeries, and 7 weeks of hospitalization later -- I posted this memory on Facebook:
|Shelley even flew in from Chicago!|
Mile 267, and finally returned to my home on "2 Street" -- just in time to ring in 2012!
|A toast to 2014!|
Each year had its share of ups and downs, but there was also much to celebrate.
Fast forward a few thousand miles...
|Make way for 2017!|
Now, I live two miles north of South Philly, so when the sun rises on New Year's Day, there are no Mummers in sight. Instead, when I stand on the balcony -- balancing on one foot -- I see the clearest, cleanest, most hopeful sky.
A blank slate. Full of quiet possibilities...
...and, of course, the occasional fire alarm.
So here's to 2017, and whatever it might bring. As Bon Jovi says, We'll give it a shot!
Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!