Hope Next Year is Better

Yesterday we received a Christmas present in the mail from my Grandmother. Included was a single sheet of famous quotes she had copied/pasted from a variety of sources talking about the power of imagination.

Here was my favorite of the grouping:

"Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere." 
- Albert Einstein 

This year our family has seen a lot of everywhere. From the thriving minitropolis of Salt Lake City, USA to the village people of Lachassagne, France... we've started a new life in a new place with a new set of rules. Weekly Costco runs have been replaced by daily baguette runs. Hot-n-ready Little Caesar's has been replaced by Pizza Van pizza (Thurs. nights only from 6:00 to 9:00 PM). The first day of the week is suddenly Monday, 2:00 PM is now 14h00... basically name any Jeopardy category for "Smurthwaite Standard Living" and it's been flipped on its head.

It's been uncomfortable at times, unbearable at others, and as we come to the close of this very unique year I'm learning that I wouldn't have it any other way. 

On our way home from Church today Marisa was telling the boys jokes and sayings in French, Italian, and Spanish (ask her to tell you the Dos Vampiros joke sometime, it's a side-splitter). This Italian saying also rang true with the theme of today's AE ramble:

"Quello che il bruco chiama fine del mondo, il resto del mondo chiama farfalla (translated: That which the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the rest of the world calls a butterfly)" 
- Lao Tse (probably NOT an Italian)

So here's to a 2016 filled with the uncomfortable, unbearable, and at times possibly even the end of the world. I'm pretty sure the more we seek those out, the better off the year is going to be.

Dave SmurthwaiteComment