At the beginning of each new year, my husband and I began the tradition of naming the year. It's a way to state a goal or challenge or hope of what the new year will bring. We have been married 32 years, so we've gone through many names, such as: The Year of Peace, The Year of No Debt, The Year of Relationships, The Year of Laughter and on and on.
I am a deep thinker and love to analyze life. This can be helpful, but sometimes (usually) it is annoying. Underneath the mask of being 'psychologically in-touch' I've realized it is much more of a control issue. My husband gets tired of this habit of mine. One day, he said, "being married to you is like a never ending counseling session." I don't think that was a compliment.
So, here I was 'thinking deeply' about a meaningful name to give 2011. I was considering 'The Year of Letting Go', or 'The Year of Freedom......
I brought the subject up to my husband. "What do you think we should name 2011?"
After just a quick pause, he said, "How about 'The Year of Cuddling?"
"Well," I laughed, "since that NEVER occurred to me....I suppose that's what it should be."
Cuddling. It says it all: enjoying the moment, no fear, fun, laughter, relaxed, caring about each other, trust....
"2011: The Year of Cuddling" It's official!