It’s still 2018 as I write this. At least it is in the UK. In some other time zones it might well be 2019 by now. And indeed it will be 2019 here soon enough too. But before that happens, tradition dictates that it’s time, once again, for me to review the year that has just happened.
Although did anything of note happen in 2018? In last year’s version of this post I wrote about Brexit and Trump. And the year before that I wrote about Brexit and Trump. So I’m loathe to do that again this year, but that does leave me with not much else. Because those two horrendous realities still seem to be largely dominating the news.
Unless I’m mistaken, which is entirely possible because for me personally, 2018 was quite a momentous year.
In that I became a dad for the first time.
Which is quite a big thing.
And frankly the only thing I’m remotely capable of thinking about most of the time.
Obviously, it’s a good thing and I love Baby Proclaims more than I’m able to adequately express in words. She has literally brought joy to my life on a multitude of levels every single day since she entered in my life. I’m sure other stuff happened this year, particularly in the seven months of 2018 that preceded her arrival but I’m finding it hard to recall even the notion of an existence before my daughter.
Still, parenting does have its downsides. I wouldn’t object, for example, a night of unbroken sleep.
The chances of me maintaining consciousness until midnight in order to see the New Year in are not looking overly promising at the moment.
Not that I’m especially devoted to that notion in any case.
Mrs Proclaims and I have never been big on celebrating the New Year. A glass of sparkling wine and a nice meal is the best we normally manage, and, if Baby Proclaims allows, we might just manage that again this year, but we’ve never been likely to trouble a party with our presence, so our ‘bundle of joy’ is hardly cramping our style.
In my younger days I was more likely to be found heavily inebriated in a pub or a club, but honestly, I’m not sure starting the New Year with a massive hangover is an especially good way to go about things, but I was less enlightened in my youth. Probably because I was drunk.
I’ve just had a quick look at the blog resolutions I made on the 1st January and I seem to have achieved most of them. They were, of course, eminently achievable (apparently my ‘clever joke’ last year was to make them especially unambitious) but there was still a chance I would fail miserably. Actually, I’m not sure I did achieve the one about watching a film of Mrs Proclaim’s choice. To be fair she doesn’t really like watching films so I’m really not the worst husband ever and I am nice to her in all kinds of ways that she actually appreciates.
I did achieve the one about running a mile. Indeed, I almost made it to two miles before giving up. Don’t judge me too harshly, I did, as I’ve previously noted on this blog, run more than one marathon in my younger days, but I had more time on my hands back then. I haven’t been completely inactive during 2018, but it hasn’t been a vintage year for fitness and might be something I need to address in 2019. I don’t want to harp on about being a new parent, but I think it mitigates my relative inactivity slightly.
Anyway, the point of all this is that 2018 has now mostly happened and I can’t really remember any of it.
But it was definitely a year.
Of that there is no doubt.
I seem to remember………No, it’s gone completely. Fatherhood does that to a man, or maybe it’s old age. I forget.
Anyway, a Happy New Year to you and Mrs P, and Miss P. May you have health and happiness in abundance (and a bun dance is really exciting!)
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A Happy New Year to you James, it has been a pleasure to see you back posting in 2018 and I hope 2019 brings you more restful nights and many of those brilliant moments that obscure the never ending effluent treatment duties that a father has to go through.
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