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The Sassy Sandpiper: So Long, 2019

M.R. WIlson | Sassy Sandpiper | TB Reporter

The Sassy Sandpiper looks back at the (mostly) good memories of 2019.

By M.R. WILSON, Columnist, Tampa Bay Reporter

A few shining moments define 2019 for me. (Isn’t that how life is? Sometimes a glare, sometimes so dim you can hardly see your hand in front of your face, sometimes a shimmering that morphs into shining?)

In February a belated Valentine of the four-legged variety strolled in front of my house, crying piteously. A forlorn kitten. I named her Verna after the approaching vernal equinox and my paternal grandmother, Verna McElwee Wilson. Thus completed my certification as a Crazy Cat Lady.

March brought the publication of my collection of columns, Anything & Everything: The Sassy Sandpiper.  I have to admit, that was pretty darned neat.  Later that month I met “CW,” a guide dog in training. He stole my heart, this “Goldador,” a cross between Golden and Labrador Retrievers.

I got silly for my birthday in May, which fell this year on Memorial Day. Only a party at Raymond H. Neri Community Park would do.

Eye surgery for cataracts and glaucoma marked June and July. It ended well enough, although at this writing, I’m still using drops to control somewhat high ocular pressure resulting from inflammation caused by the glaucoma procedure itself. Perhaps at some point in the future, I’ll be able to quit the drops altogether.

As autumn crisped the air as it does only in Florida, I was invited to join a Facebook art group. I’m still surprised that I produced a watercolor painting or graphite sketch or mixed media work every day in October. My stuff is amateurish but the process was so entertaining—even fulfilling—and everyone’s comments were encouraging and kind.

November and December. What can I say? The saga of the Care Cabinet/Little Free Library™ ended happily and continues to this day.

The brightest of highlights was meeting my youngest cousin, one-year-old Sofia, who was visiting with her parents. The family resides in Spain. We gathered with Sofia’s grandparents for lunch the weekend before Christmas.

So, thanks for the memories, 2019.

For whatever 2020 might hold up its sleeve, let us be ready. Let us be eager. Let us be kind.

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