Thinking Out Loud

January 5, 2016

2015 Was Not Worth Remembering

Filed under: blogging, family — Tags: — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:20 am

I’m told I don’t “write myself” into enough of this blog. Trust me, it’s not worth reading. It would just depress you. In reviewing 2015, would I mention the robbery? Our car was broken into in May — the day before my birthday — resulting in the loss of many things my wife held near and dear that were in her purse at the time. Or the 7 weeks work she lost this summer after falling down the stairs and wrecking her ankle? Or my litany of medical specialist appointments in the first half of the year? Or that the Christian bookstore we apparently own lost money just about every day we unlocked the doors? Or the fact we never got a vacation this year? (Honestly, not one night spent in anything but our own bed.) Or that increasingly, none of our cars are very driveable?

And then there’s the dark cloud that kinda hung over Christmas as it looked like my mother was in her last days. (She’s seems to have recovered, again, for now.)

For my kids however, a much better memory. Our oldest did a 4-month missions excursion in the first third of the year that took him to Denver and then Calgary and then Haiti and then back to Calgary. He ended the year landing a really nice, permanent job.

Our youngest got the lead in the college’s annual play in January and went on from there to have two of his best semesters yet after some rocky residence experiences in his freshman and sophomore years. So for both boys, 2015 weren’t so bad. (Yes, I know it should be wasn’t. Heck, the youngest is an English major.)

But basically, we’ve never been the Christmas newsletter type of family. We have a number of friends who do this; some still by snail mail and some electronically. Often, it all looks so perfect. The Wilkinson Family Newsletter would seem more like a desperate cry for help.

I honestly thought of just making stuff up one year. I think an imaginary life would be rather funny. Or we could introduce fictional characters: ‘Merwin is finally out of rehab and Jocelyn has decided she’s going to keep the baby after all.’

But right now, I can’t see myself writing humor. You have to be in the mood, and when you’ve just spent two weeks in the middle of family crisis, you just can’t shake it off overnight. You need time to heal; like maybe all of 2016.



  1. Well, we’ve never met, but I bet we would get along great! I appreciate your honesty and transparency, my friend. What you have written is akin to the Bible itself – truth in the raw. Just because we follow Christ does not mean that we will be healthy, wealthy, and wise. For that matter, more often than not those whom God really wants to use are the very ones who go through hardship after hardship, yet with grace.

    Hang in there. We’re not home yet!

    Comment by Anthony Baker — January 5, 2016 @ 7:20 pm

  2. You’re one of my favourite bloggers, Paul. I so greatly appreciate the fact that you help and encourage others along in their blogging journeys, live life vulnerably and truthfully and you are such a hard working, faithful guy. So thankful for your friendship. Press on, love God, embrace life and know you are greatly loved.

    Comment by dianelindstrom — January 5, 2016 @ 9:11 pm

  3. Praying 2016 will be worth remembering,

    Blessings, Clarke

    Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church Church Family: Blog:

    Please respect what may be confidential between thee and me within this email, Thank You.


    Comment by Clarke Dixon — January 6, 2016 @ 9:10 am

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