Will loves to say “thank you.” He thanks people for handing him things, and for taking things that he hands them. He thanks you for holding doors, opening containers and taking away bottles (baa-baaas, in Will speak). It’s the first phrase that he’s learned and he’s really taken it by the horns and used it like crazy.
That’s my baby – the politest 17-month-old around.
He’s also among the happiest babies (if not the happiest) that I’ve ever met. He laughs, giggles and smiles all the time. He plays “Where’d Will go?” (our version of Peek-a-Boo) for hours on end, laughing about it every single time. He practically jumps (practically, because he’s only a yr and a half!! He can’t quite jump yet) for joy when he gets a treat like a little piece of chocolate. And lest I forget the hugs and kisses he generously gives out. Happy, polite and loving – what an awe-inspiring combination.
It’s more that though. He’s an inspiration to me.
Before I had Will, I loved my work – journalism, writing, etc. And I loved my husband, my dogs and our cozy home. But life was just life – nothing terrible, but nothing special either. Will’s changed that. He has a contagious zest for life that brightens every moment.
And he’s made me want to live a better life – a healthier, happy, more exciting life. So I am.
What does this have to do with the new year? Every New Year is a chance to start anew, to have a fresh beginning. The possibilities are endless.
You’ll be seeing some changes with the posts here on Cucina Bella in the new year. Food will be healthful 99 percent of the time. Until now, I’ve held back about sharing much of myself here. Sure, I share my food and cooking hints and tips here and there, but I try not to talk about me – the goddess in the kitchen. I’m done with holding back now. I think it will make for much more interesting blogging . . . hope you enjoy the new Cucina Bella as much as I do.