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by Syd Iwan
Beginnings are often better thanendings. Take the moon in itscycle, for instance. It starts out asa tiny crescent in the west justafter sunset and is really niftythen. When I first notice it hangingthere, I often say something like,“Welcome back, Moon. Nice to seeyou again.” The moon doesn’treply, of course, but I say it any-way.From that thin crescent, then,this second-brightest light in theheavens keeps on growing fromnight to night until it blossoms intoa big and pretty full moon. It staysbig for a few nights although littlechunks start disappearing from it.Then by the fourth week of thecycle, I seldom notice it much sinceit comes up so late –just beforesunrise. Finally, it disappears alto-gether for a night before beingreincarnated as a thin fellow againin the west. To me, the beginningof the moon’s cycle is great, andthings stay interesting all the wayto the halfway point. From thereon it’s all downhill, as they say.The life cycle of animals can besimilar. There is nothing muchcuter than a baby animal whetherit be a calf, pony, or puppy. Thecuteness tends to win your heart.From there, critters continue togrow into adults when they hope-fully will become more useful, butprobably not as attractive. Afterthe midpoint of their lives, just likethe moon, things start to go down-hill until that particular life isover. The last part can even be sad.Humans aren’t much different.If a new baby appears in the com-munity, the ladies are stronglydrawn to it. (Men, not so much.)The gals, though, admire it, hold it,and thoroughly enjoy it. Seeingthat baby grow and prosper ispleasant as well. People in theirprime are fine too, but decline hasto eventually set in if life goes onlong enough. The final days of a lifecan be hard indeed and difficult tosee or deal with.Then we come to marriages.They usually start out with a greatdeal of joy and happiness. Unfortu-nately, in this day and age, it fre-quently doesn’t last very long.When I used to do wedding photog-raphy, a few times I barely got thewedding albums delivered beforethings fell apart. I shouldn’t com-plain because that meant incomefrom another wedding in a fewyears, but the collapse is not fun towatch. I have even had a part insomeone’s third wedding a fewtimes, but quite often the thirdtime is the charm and things actu-ally hold together.Some marriages, though, don’tgo into decline, even right up to thepoint where one of the partnersdies. They may even continue tostrengthen. That’s nice to see.Faith in God can strengthen andgrow right to the end of life as wellso not everything goes into decline,I’m happy to say.Years, however, follow the more-normal cycle of good beginning andstrong midpoint, followed by disin-tegration. I am always very glad tostart a new year with all the possi-bilities of interesting happeningsahead. Sure, it can be chilly in Jan-uary, but at least the days are get-ting longer and the temperaturesare getting warmer as the dayspass. By March and April we’re aptto have some really nice days.Spring, as I have probably men-tioned many times before, is myabsolute favorite with green grass,flowers, baby animals and so on. Ithink I could live in perpetualspring.From there we go to the mostproductive part of the year withgrowing crops and all that until weget to fall. Although fall can be re-ally pretty with the leaves chang-ing color and putting on a show, italso signals the closing of the year.November and December are thepits as far as I’m concerned withshort days, snow and cold. I some-times think I really deserve to havea few days of good old deep depres-sion about then, but luckily I usu-ally don’t have time for it whatwith Thanksgiving and thenChristmas. By the time I recoverfrom those events, here it is thefirst of the year and off we goagain.Right now, as you know, we areperched right at the beginning of afresh year with all the promise of better days to come, neat new stuff to try out, and old pursuits to enjoyagain. I’m ready for it. Let’s go.Here’s wishing us all the greatestof new years complete with exces-sive productivity, joy and happi-ness. May it be so. Have a veryhappy New Year.
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