For 2012 at least. It’s a quirky little phrase, but it rings true for this post and the end of 2012. The best information I could find about the phrase is as follows:
If you search the reference books for the answer, you’ll probably come across the story that you mention, that it’s from a bitter joke of the Second World War. An American serviceman opens a letter from his wife or girlfriend and starts to read it to his mates: “Dear John”. He stops. “Well, go on,” his listeners urge him, “read us the rest of it.” “I can’t,” he replies, “that’s all she wrote.”
The story is sad, but somewhat funny, too. I hope your 2012 went as well, or better than expected, and you did not receive any letters similar to the above. My 2012 was excellent! For the last few years, I have made a habit of making a new year’s resolution or two, but telling no one what they are. This is most likely because I don’t really want to fail miserably at them and then be accountable to anyone other than myself for the failure. Regardless, I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of resolutions I have been able to keep.
The big one this year was to stay out of the hospital for the entire 2012. Barring any really crazy difficulties this evening, I have managed to meet this goal. In the fall of 2010 and 2011 I was hospitalized for liver related issues. This year, as fall approached, I was a little nervous about whether or not I would meet this goal. I was thrilled when Halloween and Thanksgiving both came and went without incident. Then came mid-December. Somehow, even though I rarely leave the house, I contracted the flu. It was not pretty. Unfortunately, the flu symptoms mimic the liver issue I have (fever, chills, etc.) and so we never really know if I need to rush to the hospital, or not. I was determined NOT to go, as I was so close to meeting my goal and, after treating the symptoms as if it was the flu, it turned out to be so. We knew for sure that it was the flu when Scott developed the same symptoms two days after I did. Can’t say I am happy to ever have the flu or that I am happy that I gave it to Scott, but the alternative, for me at least, is worse.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I have made a couple this year. No, I am not sharing… Here is hoping that your 2013 is better than your 2012 and that you have many more years to make those resolutions a reality.
I leave you with a photo of my sewing room that Scott took today with his newest camera. Wow, it really looks like I have lots of stuff and it is all so well organized. HA!