Tomorrow, I am headed back stateside for the holidays and I will not return to my home in Saudi Arabia until 2013. For some reason this seems kind of significant, even if 2013 is just two weeks away. But I look around my apartment, at the little things I have collected over this year- a giraffe trinket from Tanzania, a shell from the Red Sea, or was it from Mallorca or Santorini (?), floral oils from Paris, the robe from Mong Kok, and that stuffed-animal Koala that I never got to see for real- and I realize that 2012 was as explosive as I had wished for. It was a monumental year in my life and I am so excited to see what 2013 will bring.
The video below is from the local school musical. Children are magical. My heart goes out to all of the families in Connecticut. I recently heard the story about the little boy who reassured his teacher, "don't worry, we will be ok, I know karate." Nothing so innocent should ever be hurt.