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Welcome, 2013; you arrived just in time
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D. Barbara McWhite grew up in York County, S.C., and lives in Orange Park, Fla., with her husband and cat. Her column is published here each Tuesday. Opinions expressed are solely her own.

Happy New Year, QcityMetro; and so long, 2012!

Like an overwrought and errant child kept awake too long, 2012 tried our nerves and stretched our patience. He tested our will and our resolve. He screamed and yelled as we tried to calm him. We tried to hold him steady while he tried to get away. We wanted to throttle him. We threatened to leave him. At the end of the day, he was ours to keep. So we took him home.

Now finally, at midnight he sleeps. And for a moment we exhale and enjoy this small space – this quiet – this peace. We pour ourselves a drink, kiss the one we love and sit back for a moment. And as we rest, we think back over that long, long day.

We lost Whitney Houston. We lost Donna Summer, Dick Clark, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and the boys on the corner.

We separated into parties and called each other names.

We occupied Wall Street.

There was a bad old storm named Sandy.

We thought we had seen the worst with the assault on a Colorado theater…

Then there was Newtown.

And even as we limped across the finish line, 2012 threatened to throw us off a fiscal cliff.


We saved Robin Roberts and MalalaYousahzai.

Jobs numbers went up ….gas prices went down.

We brought our soldiers home from Iraq.

Petraeus shocked us…PSY rocked us.

There was Gabby Douglas with her gold medals and confident smile.

We elected the first African American U.S. president -- again.

And despite what the Mayans (and Fox News) predicted, the world didn’t end.

So now we wake the baby -- 2013.

And after the fireworks, the midnight toast and the ball-drop over Time Square, we begin our new year stronger for our struggles, brought closer through our shared tears and determined that, if necessary, we can survive the fall from any cliff -- fiscal or otherwise...

Realizing that we must accept the possibility of failure if we hope to achieve our measure of success.

Knowing that the pain caused by the worst in us invariably brings out the best in us.

Understanding that faith and hard work are the foundations for success.

And believing that we can, individually and with our own small talents, make a difference.

Resolute in our determination to do better.

Happy New Year, and God bless.

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