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This New Year’s Eve is different to every other.
This New Year’s Eve is the night before our special year. After
so much sadness and struggle over the past several years, this
New Year’s Eve is one of hope and promise.
Over the past few years we had created a new tradition
with some friends who live in the city. We’d head to town and
enjoy a late barbecue meal in their back yard, and then around
half past eleven we’d fill up our glasses with bubbly and go
to the beach to watch the city skyline light up with fireworks
at midnight. We considered ourselves brave – alcohol is not
permitted on the streets or the beach but we defied council
by-laws in favour of a good time.
At midnight, kisses would be doled out liberally and resolutions
set. I’d close my eyes, and say a little prayer: please, make this year
a good one! Maybe this year we will be blessed
with a baby. But one year after another drew to a close and we
found ourselves further and further from our dream of having
a family of our own. One particular festive eve I confided in
the host and one of my oldest friends, ‘I can’t do this anymore!
I am so tired! It is too hard! I have been holding on to this hope
for such a long time and I simply can’t keep holding on to it
You won’t believe what happens next.
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SK Reid is a Melbourne girl who, besides writing books, is passionate about helping people reclaim hope and peace after loss, grief and trauma.
She holds post-grad qualifications in Grief and Bereavement Counselling and Intervention through the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, post-grad Bushfire Planning and Management, and a Degree in Paramedicine, training as a paramedic.