VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.
December 31

By the time the Lord made women, he was into his sixth day of working overtime. An Angel appeared and said, "Why are you spending so much time on this one?".

And the Lord answered and said, "Have you seen the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 200 movable parts, all replaceable, run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that can hold three children at one time, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have six pairs of hands."

The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. "Six pairs of hands! No Way!", "And that's just on the standard model?" the Angel asked.

The Angel tried to stop the Lord. "This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish."

But I can't!", the Lord protested, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can work 18 hour days.

The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, "but you have made her so soft, Lord."

"She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made Her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."

"Will she be able to think?", asked the Angel. The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate."

The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek.

"Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."

"That's not a leak," the Lord objected, "that's a tear!" "What's the tear for?" the Angel asked.

The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride."

The Angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything, for women are truly amazing."

Women have strengths that amaze men. They carry hardships, they carry burdens but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up for injustice. They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage.

Their hearts break when a friend dies. They have sorrow at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin! They bring joy and hope. They give compassion and ideals.

They give moral support to their family and friends. Women have a lot to say and a lot to give.

Silence can be deafening.

2005

As 2005 comes to a close, it's once again to reflect. The year went by without any major incidents which was good. There was really nothing remarkable that happened that will hold the year in my memories, and maybe this is a bit sad however there is always next year.

2004

A real friend
is one who walks in
when the rest
of the world walks out.

2003

7:30 and I think I'm going to head to bed, maybe in the land of dreams I'll find a way to celebrate the ending of the old and the beginning of the new.

Maybe I should of thrown caution to the wind today and accepted the offer that was made, Maybe I should of but I didn't so now its to late. I'll worry about it tomorrow.

2002

yet another year ends, an uneventful year with nothing to set it apart from any of those that have passed before for me. Reflective, yet optimistic for the new year to come. I find myself saying good-bye as resolutions go, good bye to many things and many ones. My vow is to make this year different.

2001

The year comes to a close, and with that comes reflection of what the past year has been, what has transpired through it on both a personal and worldwide side. In Retrospect, for me personally it found me renting my first place by myself, and living alone for the very first time in my whole entire life, a weird experience that I think maybe I am getting better at. It found me doing things I hadn't done in years, a lot a laughter and a lot of tears. I think it found me getting closer to my sister, and further away from others.

On the worldwide side I don't think there will be a person alive who will not remember the year 2001 as that of the World Trade Center's demise on September 11th where within a few hours so many lives were changed forever, both directly and indirectly.

Now on to 2002 and the mysterious wonders only our futures can hold.

2000

Tonight, I think in all my life is the first year that I have actually shared the ending of the old and the beginning of the new with friends, it may have been cold for the walk to uptown Bryan, but I will remember the hats and the noise makers along with the company I was with, forever.

1999

Well today is the big one, something I guess I am fortunate to see, the changing of not only a year but a decade, a century, a millennium, I kind of wonder what the y2k bug will do when the clock tolls midnight

1998

Good bye 1998
You brought many changes to my life
gave me new perspectives
allowed me to grow
Good bye 1998

1997

Today the last day of 1997, I thought back to all the gifts I have been granted this year. I think the biggest and most valuable gift has been the friends I have gained. The following poem was written by such a friend, and was his gift to me this Day.

Richard Thank you.

FRIENDSHIP

Waiting patiently for a friend
Hoping the waiting soon will end
Remembering fondly the times we've had
Mostly good, but sometimes bad

But even those, they brought us closer
Stronger, truer, clearer, deeper

And now I see my friend is here
This one who warms my heart, so dear
'twas worth the wait for this good friend
I hope this friendship never ends

- ©Richard Merte -