Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

This meme sums up the way we can meet the New Year should we choose to do so.  I look back at this year with great sadness as I lost my beloved Dad in January 2015.

Life is  always throwing out challenges and it’s how we deal with them that makes us who we are.  For a writer, I am terrible at keeping in touch with friends and relatives.  But please know I think if you all often and cherish your love and friendship.

I look back at this year with  mixed feelings of joy and also great sadness as I lost my beloved Dad in January 2015.  Two days after my birthday and one day before Mum and Dad’s 68th wedding anniversary.

This year may be my final year at University as I enter the last year of my degree. I don’t understand where the last five years have gone. Ten years ago completing a degree was an item on my bucket list one I never thought I would accomplish and here I am.  I am so grateful to all my friends, tutors, and lecturers who have helped me through this journey. I  have cried, panicked, laughed and thought I wasn’t good enough but have kept going.  When I graduate in 2017 it will be the dream of a life -time realized.  I could not have done this without my long-suffering husband  who put up with books and notes everywhere and scratch meals and loves the uni break because I actually cook.

There have been a lot of personal challenges I have faced apart from losing Dad.  My wonderful grandchildren, I haven’t seen them for three years come May. Finances and obligations have not allowed that luxury  and I often feel I am losing them.  As an only child, that is the price I have had to pay.  My kids are grown up with their own lives and families and my parents needed my support.  I know they are there if I reach out but sometimes it is hard to intrude. My wonderful son and his beautiful wife have had their share of heartaches and don’t need mine. My beautiful daughter and her  husband and the boys are the joy of my life. It breaks my heart to be so far away. I miss my children even though they are in their 40s.  I miss them and love them in a way they may never understand.

My wonderful Uni friends who accept me for who I am and rarely challenge my age.  THANK YOU.  Well, sometimes when they say something and they go  ‘Oh God you’re the same age as my Grandmother.’  They make me laugh and forget my troubles and they have made my journey at Uni easier.

My fantastic husband who puts up with my temper tantrums and no cooking or cleaning, and who has his own health issues – I love you.


You are the sun of my day.

You are the moon of my night.

You are the air I breathe.

You are the joy I find when I awake

and the peace at night before I sleep.

Stay with me always  and be my life.’


HAPPY 2016  




About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. As a mature aged student, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing. Master of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Linda has also completed the Diploma of Family History Studies at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and is looking forward to further post graduate work. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She now lives in Bass Coast in beautiful Wonthaggi and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur baby Hugo Boss

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