I regret little, but in looking back I am disappointed at my not participating in a reflection project for 2011. That year was so excruciating and painful and joyful and liberating and full that it is very much a blur of change. I should have recorded some part of it - though a peek into my December Daily 2011 will certainly give an indication to why the project did not get completed!

I enjoyed participating in reverb10 which resulted in a beautiful blog, a wonderful keepsake album and a collection of incredible memories - fully recorded. For 2010, I will always remember where I was and where I was planning on going. I want to go through that same exercise again for 2012. This past year was equally worth remembering.

Not that I have an abundance of time this year, but I do have a great desire, so that will have to do! I have curated a number of prompts from many resources. Those I've selected can be found below as well as a few of my own, they have each been attributed as best I can.

06 December 2012

day six | change

prompt: change

If you could change one thing that happened this year, what would it be? Why? (Author: Me) 

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I’m learning to take things as they come. It has been hard, but I think I’m finally there. It is a wonderful relief, a chance to exhale. With one exception: if I had the opportunity and power I would have had Louis, the father of my children, realize that his children are not divorcing him, I am.

I had a horrible relationship with my mother. She was a brutally unkind woman and I cut all ties to her by the time I was eighteen.  I would have rather cut off my right arm than to do that. I know how excruciating it is to be mistreated by a parent. I chose survival over subjugation. I promised myself that my children would never have to deal with the cruel effects of a harsh childhood. So much for my great plans!

When I started my marriage-with-children journey back in 1994, had I ever thought the children part of that equation would have to go through the neglect and abandonment they have suffered this year, if I did, I don’t think I would have had them.

If I could change anything over the past year, I’d have had my children’s father grow up and be the father I know he was capable of when I married him. Certainly not the man he is now. I hear “it’s his loss” or “he’ll regret it in the end” and that may be true. The fact is, in the meantime, my children suffer and that is painful to watch from the sidelines.

In the months between calls, I remind each of my kids that they are loved. Louis loves his children. I know that. He just doesn’t know how to show it. He is so self-involved he has no idea the effect his actions – or lack thereof – has on his kids.

I’m running out of excuses and explanations. He chooses to live in our town to be “close to his kids” and yet refuses to see or call them. I know it is so he appears to others to be a conscientious parent – because that is what people do, right? Stay and fight for their kids. The problem is he only goes half way. He’s here in town but won’t call or see his kids until someone reminds him.

If I could change anything, Louis would call or see his kids because he wants to, not because he has to - but even that would be better for them than his silence.


  1. SUCH a hard one, and one that I share concern over (re Hope's Dad, not Rob. Rob is an involved Dad.)

  2. I grew up in your kiddos position. And my mother was a tough one, alwyas advocating for me, but never making my father out to be the bad guy, until i was old enough to do it myself. in retrospect, how she did that all those years, is a miracle. you are a strong, amazing woman, and raising beautiful, courageous children. be kind to yourself. always remember that. if i could have ever told my mother anything as a child, that is what i would have said. take time and be kind. much love sister.