Happy New Year – Again!

It’s a rare gift when the universe gives you a legit do-over.

I have been so low. Grieving. Broke. Overeating due to stress and sorrow while I hobble through historic winter storms on a busted knee. My life wrecked and trouble all around me.

Then yesterday, My Sainted Mother greeted me in the morning with an ironic (given the circumstances) “Happy New Year.”

I suddenly realized – it was the lunar new year! The year of the goat — or sheep — whatever. There seems to be some controversy on the internet about which it is. I’m going with goat because they’re wacky, but either will do. They both make great sweaters. The point is it’s a new year! Do you realize what this means?

It means I can start over. We can all just…start over.

I can’t undo what’s been done. I can’t get back what I’ve lost. But dammit, I can, as of yesterday — today — this weekend, good enough — reboot my plans, my resolutions for the new year. This can be the starting point of the year.

I couldn’t stand the pain of not having my beloved Gomez in the house anymore. No one here could. My Sainted Mother’s cat missed him so much, she started regressing into her former timidity, and the humans couldn’t stop crying. The Animal Rescue League of Boston had a cat on their website. We went and adopted him. He’s black but otherwise completely unlike Gomez. We’ve named him Scipio — more formally Scipio Africanus Cutieus Patootieus Maximus. He’s a tonic in our heartbroken house. He’s … fresh air.

And you know what his namesake, the original Scipio Africanus said once? It was probably the single best thing that patrician hero of Rome ever said, aside from “Yo, Hannibal, I think you dropped your ass. Here, let me hand it back to you.”

Scipio Africanus said, “I believe life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it.”

scipio 1

Slow reveal, stage 1: Unaware of the camera because…

scipip 2

…He’s focused on the big picture.












I am not going to go down in my own history as having failed myself and my late beloved because I couldn’t pull myself together. If Fortune and the Moon tell me to take a Mulligan, I’ll take it, and I won’t call it cheating.

Oh, and while we’re at it, consider supporting the Animal Rescue League. We do because they do great work. Whatever shelters may be in your area, when you need to bring a pet into your life, adopt.

And when life comes to your rescue, grab it.

Animal Rescue League of Boston at www.arlboston.org.


Goat Xi Fa Cai 3

恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái)

‘Happiness and prosperity!’

In Mandarin: /gong-sshee faa-tseye/
In Cantonese: Kunghei fatchoy /gong-hey faa-chwhy/

(Images my own or courtesy of http://goodyfoodies.blogspot.com/ and language tips courtesy of chinahighlights.com.)


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Mura Muravyets is the screen-name of Jen Fries, surrealist artist, book artist, hope-to-be writer.
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