There was an awful lot to like about you and in fact you flirted with being sensational. You ushered me towards a job that I truly love to do and for that I am eternally grateful. Other years have had me hiding out in photocopying rooms and pining for the sanctuary of the weekend but not you. You also lavished me with dad time and under your watch I learnt all the words to the Thomas the Tank Engine song and several new nursery rhymes.
You kept the bubble that surrounds our little family intact, and with the exception of the time I dyed all of Mrs Under’s whites pink, there’s a whole lot of love in that bubble. Aside from a particularly persistent cold you deliver me to 2014 in good health and for that I truly thank you. As we part company you also have my beloved Arsenal Football Club sitting pretty at the top of the league for the first time in many years. You did throw one or two curve balls though didn’t you 2013, just to keep me on my toes and did you really need to sprinkle grey bits in my hair (you bastard)?
You taught me some valuable lessons too. You made me acknowledge that I need to look after myself as well as others, that a little bit of selfishness here and there is no bad thing. You gave me a kick up the backside and made me promise not to take the things I’ve been given for granted and to Carpe Diem the hell out of life. You also taught me that if I am going to strut around the house naked I should make sure all the blinds are firmly shut.
It’s certainly been emotional 2013 and I wouldn’t change a thing about you but in truth I’m already winking and making come hither eyes at 2014. I’m excited to get to know 2014, I think she has the potential to be an excellent vintage. 2014 feels like a year of opportunity and change, a year where anything could happen in the fields of family, work and home. I’m looking forward to enjoying fun and frolics with you very soon, I may turn up hung over so please break me in gently.
Farewell 2013 it’s been emotional,
Dad Down Under
P.S. thank you all for reading, commenting, sharing and generally making my little space that bit better, I couldn’t and wouldn’t do it without you. In all the time I’ve been answering to Dad Down Under I’ve never thought to ask what you might like, inconsiderate swine that I am, so give it to me both barrels; what do you like, what don’t you like and what else could I do?
How did your 2013 shape up and how’s 2014 looking?