Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A New Year Begins


It’s 4:30 a.m. and Katie the dog wants to go out. Just like every morning, her timing is meticulously accurate. I shake the sleep from my eyes as she shakes the tags on her collar and together we stumble to the front door where she prances impatiently as I don shoes and coat and gloves.

And then we step out into the blackness that is early morning.

Deep silence surrounds us. No cars out on the freeway, no stirring in the neighborhood. Only the far away wail of a train intrudes on the thick blanket of quiet. I whisper to her, unwilling to pierce the silence myself, to find a good spot as we wander the yard.

Almost directly overhead is the big dipper, sitting upside down, spilling good wishes down upon us. Orion’s belt has long since gone to bed. “Hi Dad,” I whisper. “Here’s to a New Year. Another one starting without you and mom.”

And then I pause, a bit of happiness floating from me up to him. “Well, not really without you…I feel you right here. See you tomorrow morning…say hi to Mom”

Katie and I head silently back to the house. At the front porch she stands on her back legs asking to be picked up. I do, picking up her awkwardly lopsided bobble-headed cone encased self and give her a tight hug and a kiss.

“Happy New Year baby-girl, Happy New Year.”

Happy New Year mama!

Happy New Year mama!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

29 thoughts on “A New Year Begins

  1. Happy New Year Dawn! Best wishes to you and your family for an enjoyable 2017.

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  2. Have a wonderful 2017 Dawn!


  3. She sure is an early dog. I love the silence and fresh smells of the morning too. Wishing you a mostly cone free 2017 Katie (and Dawn too)!


  4. Happy New Year to Dawn and Katie. Here’s hoping the cone comes off soon. It is not fun to be so restricted, is it Katie?

    Our stray is settling into a family routine and after she gets her innoculations and spaying, she will be living near Katie, in NE Ohio. I hope she can manage the cold.

    Thanks for posting all your entries, Dawn. I do enjoy every one of them.


  5. Wishing you, Bruce, and Katie a happy new year! With fewer 4:30 a.m. outings.


  6. Happy New Year, my guys were good today and let me sleep in.


  7. [imagine a whisper] Happy New Year Dawn! Happy New Year Katie girl!


  8. What an uplifting post. Our sky was covered in snow last night making this morning’s dog walk a challenge with all the paths newly swaddled in snow. My dog cannot walk more than 10 steps in the snow w/out asking to be picked up. He has boots which he objects to when I put them on – usually by farting – but w/out them he wouldn’t walk. They protect him from all the salt and chemicals that get thrown on the road, too. Happy New Year to you and all your family, four-legged and tall-tailless.


  9. Beautiful ((((hugs))) Wishing all of you Happiness and Health in 2017!!!! DakotasDen


  10. Happy New Year to you and yours. 🙂


  11. She’s still wearing that cone of shame?? Yikes, she must be totally frustrated by it now. Love how you greet your dad amid the quiet of the nighttime snow. Happy New Year to you and yours!


  12. Happy New Year,

    We hope 2017 brings an end to the cone. We love reading about going outside so early and hearing the wailing of the train. No trains in KW. Plenty of early morning walks.

    God Speed,

    Dog Dad, Sherman & Gemini


  13. Glad New Year Dawn! All the best to you and your family for a charming 2017…


  14. 4:30? She operates on farmer’s hours doesn’t she?


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