I am still part of the regions Navy Memorial Honor Guard and still finding deep pleasure in that but as usual struggling financially. Natalia had her first dental visit with real bad news. Overall she needed extensive work as it seems she has not been brushing regularly or properly and I blame all this on her mother that has her most of the time. I feel real bad for Natalia about this. I sat through her visits to the dentist hoping that pain would be upon me but I have seen how brave my daughter is. So far all is going well a few weeks later and not much I can do on the lack of care she is given when I am not present.
My whole mind and efforts were towards Christmas, and her birthday and I will say it all went great. I brought her home after her big dental visit as to help her keep her mind away from that experience. She received a bunch of gifts from our small family and her extended family. She amazed many at her church by her list and what she wanted. She wanted a metal detector, science kit and learning books. All these items Santa Claus was able to deliver.
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think different"
The hobby of board gaming still has me intrigued and have been playing many games through this season. Wish the local gaming group was still together but that is how things go. Managed to finish my goal of reading 30 books just in time and again aim for that this coming year (already have a stack of books of interest). Have not been reading as many comic books as the costs are adding up and not very good story lines lately.
"Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken."
- Neil Gaiman
In 2017 I hope to continue to be with Natalia, have no drama or conflicts, Spend more time outdoors sharing the trail with good friends. I hope to continue to serve this country and be part of the Honor Guard. I hope for our country getting back to our core beliefs and start to see the many created conflicts start to come to an end. I hope to not give so much of my self to many people. And hopefully, just hopefully find love again as this past year had some highs and very lows.