My husband and I went out for New Year's Eve this year. Being old, and married, and generally boring, that's not something we do very often. But this year we thought we'd be a little more exciting, so the kids stayed with Grandma, and out we went.
Figuring we deserved a reward for surviving the whole crazy year, we decided to start with a really nice dinner at a steak house. Live music, festive atmosphere, spectacular view of the city, and a live bull out front. Could you ask for more? I was enjoying a wonderful evening with the love of my life, and everything was great. Until the steak arrived. And on the very first bite... I broke my freaking tooth!
To be fair, that was not a reflection of the steak. This tooth and I have had issues for a while. But still. Ouch! It was not exactly how I had seen the evening going. We still managed to have a fun night, mostly because we can always have fun when we're together, but my broken tooth did put a little bit of a damper on my spirits.
Now, I know there are those of you out there who do not believe in signs, or omens, or whatever you want to call them, just as I know that there are some of you who do. And if you do believe in signs, there is a good chance that you also believe that not everything that happens is a sign. Sometimes things just are what they are. But there are some things, like having a really painful accident just hours before the end of the year, that just feel symbolic. So of course I had to ponder what it might mean.
You might want to think that having something bad happen just before the start of the new year as a bad sign of things to come. (Is this year going to be filled with pain, or tragedy, or loss?) But if you read my first post, then you know I can't think that way. So I decided that instead of being a bad sign of things to come in the new year, it was actually a good sign of leaving the bad things in the past year, and starting new. It's a chance to make some necessary repairs, do some much-needed healing, and move on as a stronger person.
Yep. There's even a bright side to breaking a tooth.